East Asian Languages and Cultures | East Asia in World History
E101 | 1588 | Struve


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 the 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 optional outside exercises in the East Asian Collection of the
Main Library, the Fine Arts Museum, and the Lilly Library.

This class meets with HIST W100 and HIST G101.  Credit given for
only one of E101 and G101 and W100 on this topic.