History | IMPERIAL CHINA II
G583 | 2978 | Struve
11:15A-12:30P TR BH217
Above section meets with HIST G383
This course will survey the most important developments in Chinese
history from the Sung dynasty (10th-12th centuries) through the middle
Ch'ing dynasty (18th century). Prominent topics will be the
transition from medieval-aristocratic to more fluid socio-economic
conditions, the economic and technical "revolutions" of Sung times,
the rise of Neo-Confucianism, the culture of the literati, challenges
to Chinese civilization posed by Mongol and Manchu rule, patterns of
governance, and the consequences of accelerating population growth.
Grades will be based on classroom participation, two midterm
examinations, a final examination, and a bibliographical paper on a
subject of the student's choice. Each exam will contain an extra
essay question concerning supplementary reserve readings. Required
texts: F. W. Mote, Imperial China, 900-1800, and Cyril Birch, ed.
Anthology of Chinese Literature, Vols. 1-2.