HIST 274: Eastern World History-East Asia

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A general survey of the history of East Asia from prehistoric times until the 20th century. This course seeks to help students understand the development of modern China, Korea and Japan from their ancient origins and traditions. The class will stress the emergence of these three distinct cultures and societies, as well as emphasizing the diversity found within each country.

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  1. Geography of East Asia
  2. The first Chinese dynasties
  3. Confucianism, Daoism, and Legalism
  4. Qin Unification
  5. The Han Dynasty
  6. The Post-Han World
  7. The Tang and Sui Dynasties
  8. The Song Dynasty
  9. Buddhism and Neo-Confucianism
  10. The first Japanese states
  11. Japanese society and belief systems
  12. The Kamakura period
  13. Ashikaga/Muromachi Period
  14. The Yuan and Ming Dynasties
  15. The Qing Dynasty
  16. The Tokugawa/Edo Era
  17. Western Exploration
  18. The Opium Trade
  19. Restricting Western contact in Japan
  20. The Opium Wars and the Taiping Rebellion
  21. Western Spheres of Influence in China
  22. The Meiji Restoration
  23. The Modernization of Japan
  24. The Sino-Japanese War
  25. Korea under Japanese Rule
  26. Sun Yatsen and The Revolution of 1911
  27. The Warlord Era
  28. The Nationalists and Communists
  29. Mao Zedong and Chiang Kaishek
  30. Nationalism and the Japanese imperial ambitions
  31. World War II
  32. The Establishment of the People’s Republic of China
  33. Post-war Japan
  34. The Korean War
  35. The People’s Democratic Republic of Korea
  36. Mao’s China
  37. China after Mao