History | American-East Asian Relations
H208 | 25774 | Wilson

Above class open to undergraduates only
Above class carries Culture Studies credit
Need study skills help?  Then contact the Student Academic Center
(855-7313) for on-line authorization for EDUC-X101 (Learning
Strategies for History, two additional credits) that will be offered
2:30-3:45 MW or 2:30-3:45 TR.

The goal of this course is to survey the history of America’s
relations with East Asia, treating the region as a culture area that
grew out of classical Confucian civilization in China.  Made up of 4
major national groupings—China, Japan, Korea & Vietnam—East Asia
also incorporates or borders on sub-areas such as North & South
Korea, Mongolia, Tibet, and Hong Kong & Macao.

The focus of this course will be on U.S. relations with China &
Japan, but we will take up the colonial experience & modern
emergence of the entire East Asian area.  The Opium Wars & the Boxer
Rebellion in China as well as the concurrent American opening of
Japan drew the U.S. into the Pacific.  These events led to major
transformations of society in East Asia, generating nationalist &
revolutionary impulses that resonated back to the U.S. and around
the globe.

3 bluebook hour exams, no papers, 2 books.  All required reading
comes from a textbook (Warren Cohen, "East Asia at the Center") plus
your choice of 1 of 2 additional books: John Dower, "War Without
Mercy," or Michael Zielenziger, "Shutting Out the Sun."