HISTORY 328 - Humanities Topics in History
Section: 101 History of Christianity in East Asia
Term: SP 2010
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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The story of Christianity’s impact upon East Asia is a subject far too rich and complex than can be appreciated by studying its reception in just one country. In China, Japan and Korea, the decision either to embrace or reject this foreign religion, considered to be quintessentially “Western,” carried radically transformative implication not only for their individual histories, but also for the modern East Asian region that emerged over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Yet the reaction to Christianity in each of these countries was far from uniform. Responses ranged from a powerful anti-foreignism that helped lay the basis for a communist revolution (as was the case in China) to the embrace of Christianity as the foundation of a new, modern form of nationalism (as occurred in South Korea). This difference is all the more intriguing when we consider that these receptions of Christianity were in turn deeply rooted in East Asia’s earlier exposure to Catholicism in the sixteenth century. Interestingly, in this period it was Japan that went furthest in defining its early modern form in direct opposition to Christianity, a decision that has interesting implications for how we understand is later attempt to form a modern nation-state. Thus with Christianity’s arrival in East Asia we have an event that defies easy categorization either spatially or temporally; in sum, a truly unique opportunity to examine the formation of modern identity in East Asia. But what does it all mean? How have Chinese, Koreans and Japanese, at levels both individual and collective, attempted to make sense of Christianity? And how can we, as students of history, make sense of this interesting encounter and its significance for how we understand modern East Asia? In this course, we will look at how historians and others have attempted to resolve these questions and also suggest some possible answers ourselves.

HISTORY 328 - Humanities Topics in History
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101 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 4:00PM
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ISBN: 9780824829124
Christianity in Korea, Publisher: University of Hawai?i 2006
ISBN: 9780585130613
Encounter a novel of nineteenth-century Korea, Author: Han, Mu-suk, 1918-, Publisher: University of California Press 1992
ISBN: 9780800871833
Silence, Author: by Sh?saku End? ; translated by William Johnston., Publisher: Taplinger Pub. Co. 1979
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780415255592
The Protestant ethic and the spirit of capitalism, Author: Max Weber ; translated by Talcott Parsons ; with an introduction by Anthony Giddens., Publisher: Routledge Repr. 2001
ISBN: 9780679725800
The question of Hu, Author: Jonathan D. Spence., Publisher: Vintage Books 1st Vintag 1989
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780002555845
God's Chinese son : the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom of Hong Xiuquan, Author: Spence, Jonathan D., Publisher: HarperCollins 1996
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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