HISTORY 205 - Modern East Asia
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course is an introduction to modern China, Japan, and Korea from 1600 to the present. It has two major themes. First, this course offers an understanding of the changes and continuities that were embodied in political, social, cultural, and intellectual aspects in the making of today’s East Asia. Second, this course presents an integrated view of East Asia’s position in its global context. We will focus on both East Asia’s interactions with the Western powers, and the interconnectedness among China, Japan, and Korea. It covers topics including: the rise and fall of the Qing dynasty (1644-1911); the decline of Chosen Korea; Japan’s Meiji transformation; East Asia-Western encounters; transformations of East Asian political system, culture, and social structure from the late 19th century; state building and its limitations in the early 20th century; East Asia’s World War II; the Chinese Communist Revolution; East Asia in the Cold War, and the dramatic transformation of today’s East Asia. Besides the political and cultural transformations, attention will also be given to how these changes affected common people’s lives in a broad way.

The objectives of this course are threefold. First, this course will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to comprehend the historical transformation of China, Japan, and Korea. It will make you well-prepared for your future in-depth study of the histories of the three countries. Second, through a systematic study of major issues and themes in modern East Asian history, you will be able to think critically and historically about how East Asian society operates today. Third, this course will also improve your writing, research, and critical thinking skills. Through reading primary sources, writing essay assignments, and class discussions, you will develop skills in historical analysis and critical writing.

Course Requirements:

Attendance in lectures and discussion sections is mandatory. Students should have read the assigned readings prior to coming to lecture or discussion sections. Students will write three short essays. There will be two in-class examinations.

Intended Audience:

This course is a continuation of History 204, but prior knowledge of East Asian history is not required.

Class Format:

Two lectures and one discussion section each week.

HISTORY 205 - Modern East Asia
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (DIS)
Tu 4:00PM - 5:00PM
003 (DIS)
W 10:00AM - 11:00AM
004 (DIS)
W 11:00AM - 12:00PM
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ISBN: 9780321234902
Modern East Asia : an integrated history, Author: Jonathan Lipman, Barbara Molony, Michael Robinson., Publisher: Pearson 2012
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