History | China: the Later Empires
G383 | 27169 | Struve


Above class carries culture studies credit
A portion of the above class reserved for majors
Above class open to undergraduates and Education MA’s 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 class,
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 two examinations, a
research paper, and classroom participation. Extra-credit exercises
involving museum observations outside of class are optional.
Required texts: Ebrey et al., Premodern East Asia to 1800, and Cyril
Birch, ed. Anthology of Chinese Literature, Vol. 1.  Other readings
will be posted on Oncourse.