HISTORY 352 - Imperial China: Ideas, Men, and Society
Winter 2019, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
See additional student enrollment and course instructor information to guide you in your decision making.


Waitlist Capacity:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:


This course will focus on the rise, constitution, and fall of the great empires in China since 221 B.C. The main areas of analysis will cover the dominant “isms” (ideologies), political-economic-social forces, and cultural traditions behind the rise of an empire. It further examines the military culture and manpower behind the rise and fall of a great empire as well as the makers of powerful empires and their impact on the course of Chinese history. The major topics to be covered this year include: The First Emperor and the Founding of the First Empire; Pax Sinica: The Empire over the Four Seas; The New China: The Formation of a New Empire; The Rise of a New Maritime Empire: The Empire from East Sea to West Sea; The World Empire: What, How, and Where; The End of the Empire in China: The Beginning of the CHINESE Empire; Empires in Comparative Perspectives. In essence, it covers the history and civilization of China from 221 B.C. to about 1840 A.D. in SEVEN (7) historical topics:

1. The Ch’in-Han (Qin-Han) Empire, 221 B.C.-220 A.D.
2. The Six Dynasties: The Divided Empire, 220 -589.
3. Sui and T’ang (Tang): The New Empire, 589-907-960.
4. The Sung (Song) Dynasty, 960-1126-1279: The New World.
5. Yuan: The Mongol Empire, 1279-1368.
6. The Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644: The Age of Modernity? .
7. The Ch’ing (Qing) Dynasty, 1644-1912: The Manchu-Chinese Empire

Course Requirements:

TWO midterm and ONE final exam. One optional paper.


HISTORY 352 - Imperial China: Ideas, Men, and Society
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
1/9/19 - 4/23/19

Textbooks/Other Materials

The partner U-M / Barnes & Noble Education textbook website is the official way for U-M students to view their upcoming textbook or course material needs, whether they choose to buy from Barnes & Noble Education or not. Students also can view a customized list of their specific textbook needs by clicking a "View/Buy Textbooks" link in their course schedule in Wolverine Access.

Click the button below to view and buy textbooks for HISTORY 352.001

View/Buy Textbooks


Syllabi are available to current LSA students. IMPORTANT: These syllabi are provided to give students a general idea about the courses, as offered by LSA departments and programs in prior academic terms. The syllabi do not necessarily reflect the assignments, sequence of course materials, and/or course expectations that the faculty and departments/programs have for these same courses in the current and/or future terms.

Click the button below to view historical syllabi for HISTORY 352 (UM login required)

View Historical Syllabi

CourseProfile (Atlas)

The Atlas system, developed by the Center for Academic Innovation, provides additional information about: course enrollments; academic terms and instructors; student academic profiles (school/college, majors), and previous, concurrent, and subsequent course enrollments.

CourseProfile (Atlas)