History | Comparative East Asian History
G200 | 2993 | Nelson
This course will cover the history of China, Japan, and Korea, from
prehistoric to the 19th century. In addition to this chronological
narrative, we will look particularly at cultural transmissions that
take place during this time span—how one culture (primarily Japan and
Korea) passively and/or actively sought to adopt a perceived superior
culture (primarily China), and how these cultural transmissions were
adapted and modified to fit within the pre-existing native culture.
Topics to be considered: language, religion, political ideology and
organizations, science and technology, the arts, etc.
Textbooks to be used: Cohen’s East Asia at the Center, and
Holcombe’s The Genesis of East Asia.
Requirements: 2 exams, periodic quizzes, and one paper.