History | East Asia in World History
G101 | 28361 | K. Muehlhahn


Above class carries culture studies credit
A portion of this class reserved for University Division Orientation
Program Students

This lecture course examines the interactions of East Asia with the
rest of the world and the relationships of each of the East Asian
countries with each other, from 500 BC to the twentieth century. The
primary focus is on China and Japan, with some reference to Korea,
Vietnam and Central Eurasia. We ask how international diplomatic,
commercial, military, religious, and cultural relationships joined
with internal processes to direct the development of East Asian
societies, and we address perceptions and misperceptions of each
other by East Asians and foreigners. The course sweeps over large
regions of time and space. It aims to put the contemporary
discussion of globalization into historical perspective by examining
the long-lasting interactions and exchanges in East Asia. Topics
include: global silver and trade flows, warfare and military
technology, imperial domination and revolutionary resistance, and
the role of historical memory. Sources include historical documents,
maps, pictures, and films.
Lecture attendance is mandatory and the course will require roughly
30 pages of reading per week from a variety of materials. Students
will be evaluated through class discussions, short written
assignments, and exams (midterm and final).
Textbook:
Rhoads Murphey, East Asia: A New History, Third Edition (Paperback)