History | China: The Later Empires
G383 | 24726 | Struve


Above section carries culture studies credit
A portion of the above section reserved for majors
Above section open to undergraduates only


This course will examine the most important developments in Chinese
history from the Song dynasty (10th-12th centuries) through the
middle Qing dynasty (18th century).  Prominent topics will be the
transition from medieval-aristocratic to more fluid socio-economic
conditions, the economic and technical “revolutions” of Sung times,
the rise of Neo-Confucianism, the culture of the literati, challenges
to Chinese civilization posed by Mongol and Manchu rule, patterns of
governance, and the consequences of accelerating population growth.
Grades will be based on classroom participation, three examinations,
and a short paper.  Required texts: Ebrey, "Cambridge Illustrated
History of China", and Cyril Birch, ed. "Anthology of Chinese
Literature", Vol. 1.  Other readings will be posted on
E-Reserve.