East Asian Languages and Cultures | The World and East Asia
E101 | 1478 | 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 four
exercises keyed to exhibits in the Black Laboratory of Archaeology, the Fine
Arts Museum, and the Lilly Library.

Students will be required to purchase two textbooks-Bentley & Ziegler,
Traditions and Encounters: A Global Perspective on the Past (2000) and
Diamond, Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies (1997)-as well
as a pack of course materials prepared by the professor.

Credit given for only one of EALC E101 and HIST G101 on this topic.