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01:098:241 East Asian Civilizations: Pre-modern Era

Description:This course examines the foundational cultures of three major countries in today’s East Asia, namely, China, Korea, and Japan. In surveying the premodern history of East Asia (to 1800 C.E.), it focuses on a central question: How did Chinese, Korean, and Japanese cultures emerge from connected historical processes? You will learn to analyze the major approaches that the peoples in premodern East Asia utilized to consolidate state power, respond to conflicts, and construct their identity. We will also practice thinking beyond the nation-state framework by examining the complexity of the diverse voices from the past. For instance, how do we situate the Mongol legacies in East Asian history? How did the Yangzi basin become South China while the peoples in the Japanese archipelago, the Korean peninsula, and the Red River delta built distinct states autonomous from the “Chinese” empires? Note, all class materials are in English, and no knowledge of East Asian languages or cultures is required. The course is designed to equip you with a good experience upon which you can build skills and knowledge in more specialized classes in East Asian and Asian Studies. .

Number of Credits: 3

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Asynchronous Remote Instruction Type