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Course Description

This is an introductory course to the history of traditional China and Japan with excursions to Korea and Vietnam. It covers the period from the Neolithic to the beginnings of European imperialism in Asia in the 18th century.

Within the chronological framework the geographical conditions that formed agriculture in Asia, the technological developments that made its economy successful, and the shared basis of philosophical ideas will be analyzed. Requirements:
• Reading of assigned materials
• Regular attendance of lectures and participation in discussions
• Midterm and final exams
• One term paper

The following required textbooks will be available for purchase at the University Bookstore at the beginning of the term.
Rhoads Murphey, East Asia. A New History. New York: Pearson, Longman 2004.