History | East Asia in World History
G101 | 2728 | Struve


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 Bentley and Ziegler, “Traditions and
Encounters:  A Global Perspective on the Past.”  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.

Jointly listed with E101.