East Asian Languages & Cultures | The World and East Asia
E101 | 1563 | Struve


Topic: East Asia in World History

This course introduces major developments in the history of the earth and
humankind, at each stage drawing particular attention to the conditions,
achievements, experiences, and outlooks of East Asia.  What part has East
Asia taken in world patterns of change?  How has East Asia affected, and
been affected by, global developments across the centuries?  What view have
East Asian peoples held of the rest of the world?  These are some of the
questions we will pursue.

The course is structured in four parts: I. Getting Started: The Bases of
Human and Social Life; II. Getting Civilized: The Bases of Extensive Social
Life: III. Dynamics of Afro-Eurasia: The Asian Advantages; and IV.  Old
World/New World: The European Advantages.  In each part there will be a map
quiz and a short-essay examination.  In addition, there will be three
exercises keyed respectively to exhibits in the Black Laboratory of
Archaeology, the Fine Arts Museum, and the Lilly Library.

Students will be required to purchase two textbooks–Craig et al., Heritage
of World Civilizations (combined edition, 1997) and Diamond, Guns, Germs,
and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies (1997)–as well as a pack of course
materials prepared by the professor.

This course meets with HIST G100; credit given for only one of EALC E101
and HIST G100.