History | G100 2717 East Asia In World History 11:15-12:30 TR BH242 Struve
G100 | 2717 | Struve


Above section limited to Freshmen and Sophomores only
Above section meets with EALC E101

Students will be introduced to the most important phases in the history of
humankind, from the "creative explosion" of the neolithic era to the
democracy movement of the twentieth century. Topics will include the
origins of the world's continents, the "axial age" of great religions and
philosophies, the effects of mariners' compass, and firearms. In each
phase, the perspective of people in East Asia will be emphasized, and an
illuminating comparison will be drawn with some other part of the world
during the same era. For instance, students will learn about the
development of the Chinese script, which became the basis for written
communication in all of East Asia, in comparison with the alphabetic
approach to writing that was adopted in the rest of the world.

Required for purchase will be Craig et al. Heritage of World
Civilizations, combined 4th ed., (Prentice Hall, 1997), Jared Diamond,
Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies (Norton, 1997), and a
packet of readings prepared by the professor. Each student writes a short
essay and an essay-type bluebook exam on the material in each of the four
phases of the course. Also, there are four map quizzes and four optional
outside []exercises in the Black Laboratory of Archaeology, the East Asian
Collection of the Main Library, the Fine Arts Museum, and the Lilly
Library.