HISTORY 497 - History Colloquium
Fall 2016, Section 001 - Ideologies and Empires in Chinese History
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is (see other Sections below)
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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This course is focused on "Confucianism, Buddhism, and Daoism (sanjioa) in the Making of the Chinese Empire, ca. 300 B.C--2000A.D."

The course consists of SEVEN (7) major topics:

  1. Defining the THREE GREAT RELIGIONS (sanjiao) and the Chinese Empire;
  2. “Han Confucianism” and Imperial China;
  3. Qin Shihuang and Han Wudi: Expansion, Empire, and Life;
  4. RACE and ETHNICITY in the remaking of the Post-Han Chinese Empire;
  5. Socialism, Communism, Daoism, and Buddhism in the Transformations of Imperial China;
  6. Defining MODERNITY and Western (American and European) Misunderstanding of Chinese Culture: The Danger of Copying Secondary Works in Historical Research;
  7. “New Beginnings” in 1839, 1911, 1949, and 1980: Neo-Confucianism versus Legalism in Modern Times

Lecture and discussion outlines for all seven topics will be distributed in class.

Course Requirements:

Two short papers and one long paper.

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HISTORY 497 - History Colloquium
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
8LSA Jr>
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
003 (SEM)
 In Person
6LSA Jr>
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM

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