This course will deal with the history of East Asia from the fourteen century to the present, focusing mostly on China, Korea, and Japan with some attention also to Mongolia and Southeast Asia. We will address the material chronologically skipping back and forth between regions as necessary, with focus upon interactions. Rather than trying to cover every aspect of the evolution of East Asian societies, we will look at various different ways that individuals in Asia have tried to adopt to and change their world.
The first part of the course will focus on the Chinese model, the set of questions and answers about human societies that were developed in China and adapted and modified throughout the rest of Chinese and East Asian history. In the second part of the course we will focus on the modern transformation of Asia. This is a process that had a lot to do with the arrival of "westerners," but also a lot to do with trends that already existed in Asia. It also added a new set of personal choices on top of the old ones, and in many cases led to the creation of powerful states that were eager to help individuals make these choices. Today East Asia is one of the most modern and powerful parts of the world, and we will study both how that came to be and the prices Asian people paid to get there.Posted by fang0058 at September 7, 2006 11:21 AM