Fall 2018


History 110: East Asian History, 1600-Present

This course examines the intertwining histories of Japan, Korea, China and Vietnam from 1600 to the present. We will focus both on the common characteristics as well as the differences between these cultures. We will look comparatively at these four societies, their struggles to preserve or regain their independence, to refashion their national identities, and to articulate their needs and perceptions of a rapidly and violently changing world. Topics for analysis will include nationalism, imperialism, modernization, westernization, democratization, the Cold War, Indigenous rights, and globalization. Assignments will include short papers and exams.

Prof. Dott, 4 credits, MWF 9:00-9:50am

-Fulfills the College's Alternative Voices and Cultural Pluralism requirements.


History 205: East Asian Environmental History

This course will examine human-environment interaction within the large, diverse area known as East Asia (approximately covering modern China, Korea and Japan). We will begin with pre-agricultural history and then focus on environmental topics within three broad time periods. The first period will cover from approximately 1000 BCE to 1300 CE, the period in which intensive rice cultivation spread through East Asia; the second period covers the early modern era, broadly defined as ~1300 CE to the mid-1800s, a period of imperial expansion outside and within East Asia; the final period covers the modern industrial era and its particular impacts on the environment. This course assumes no familiarity with East Asian history. If you are familiar with some East Asian history, the focus on the environment should provide you with a new perspective on what you know. Class will be conducted in a combined lecture/discussion format.

Prof. Arch, 4 credits, MW 2:30-3:50pm

-Fulfills the College's Cultural Pluralism requirement.


Spring 2019


History 247: Early Chinese History

This course examines the history of China from ancient times up to 1600. We will explore Chinese society, culture, and religion through a variety of sources and media. The course is structured to move away from the traditional historiography which focused predominantly on emperors and dynasties. While these political aspects of Chinese history will still be addressed, we also will look at groups and individuals outside of the central power structure, and at longer socioeconomic trends which transcended dynastic changes. Offered in alternate years.

Prof. Dott, 4 credits, MW 1:00-2:20pm

-Fulfills the College's Alternative Voices and Cultural Pluralism requirements.


History 490: Modernization and Conflict in East Asia

The 1890s to 1910s were years of dramatic change in both China and Japan. How did the interactions between these two countries shape their responses to these changes? This seminar explores interconnections, similarities, differences and warfare between China and Japan during this time period. We will make in-depth comparisons, through primary and secondary sources, of key cultural and social movements such as labor organization, rural to urban migration, changing gender roles, and increasing access to education. In addition, we will also explore various political developments which impacted both countries, including the development of the Japanese Meiji Constitution, the Sino-Japanese War, the creation of political parties, the Boxer Uprising, the Russo-Japanese War, the collapse of the Chinese dynastic system and the death of the Meiji Emperor. This is a discussion based seminar. Students will write a 25 page research paper. . May be taken for credit toward the East Asian area of the Asian and Middle Eastern Studies major.

Prof. Dott, 4 credits, TTh 1:00-2:20pm

-Fulfills the College's Alternative Voices requirement.