History | China: The Later Empires
G383 | 3117 | Struve


A portion of the above section reserved for majors
Above section carries culture studies credit
Above section open to undergraduates only

This course will examine the most important developments in Chinese
history from the Song dynasty (10th-12th centuries) through the
middle Qing 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, and a final.  Required texts:
Ebrey, "Cambridge Illustrated History of China", Cyril Birch,
ed., "Anthology of Chinese Literature", Vol. 1, and DeBary & Bloom,
ed., "Sources of Chinese Tradition", 2nd ed., vol. 1.