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DATE
LECTURE TOPICS/READINGS
1/10
Introduction (Xia: Prehistory)
BHC: 11-41 • MOF: 3-10 (Yu)
1/12
Ancestors, Divination and Sacrifice (Shang/Western Zhou: c. 1600-771 BCE)
BHC: 42-55
1/14
The World of Confucius (Spring and Autumn: 770-481 BCE)
BHC: 56-68 • MOF: 11-32 (Confucius) Recommended ~ The Analects of Confucius
1/17
MLK HOLIDAY
1/19
Daoist Responses to the Warring States (Warring States: 481-221 BCE)
Daoism Daodejing Zhuangzi
1/21
Legalism and the Unification of China (Warring States/Qin: 481-206 BCE)
BHC: 68-74 • Legalism
1/24The Birth of an Empire and the Death of an Emperor (Qin: 221-206 BCE)
BHC: 75-83 MOF: 33-50 (Qin Shihuang) Records of the Grand Historian ~ Qin: 85-87

1/26
The Former Han Dynasty: Consolidation and Expansion (Former Han: 206 BCE-8 CE)
BHC: 83-99 • MOF: 51-71 (Sima Qian)
1/28
Interregnum, Restoration and Division (Xin/Later Han/Three Kingdoms: 8-280)
BHC: 99-103 • MOF: 72-89 (Wang Mang)  and100-113 (Zhuge Liang)
1/31
The Buddhist Transformation of China (Period of Division/Sui/Early Tang: 280-755)
BHC: 104-124 • MOF: 114-126 (Hui Neng) ESSAY 1: Memorial to the Second Qin Emperor
2/2
Empress Wu: Chinas Only Female Emperor (Early Tang: 618-755)Chinese New Year
BHC: 125-144 • MOF: 127-148 (Empress Wu)
2/4Xuanzong, Yang Guifei & An Lushan: The Decline of the Tang (Late Tang: 755-907)
BHC: 144-153 Interlude: Xuanzong and Yang the Prized Consort
2/7 MOVIE: Legend of the Demon Cat, Part I • Location: Meiley-Swallow/Thurst Theater)
BEGIN QUEST 1
2/9 MOVIE: Legend of the Demon Cat, Part II • Location: Meiley-Swallow/Thurst Theater)
QUEST 1 ENDS
2/11 Legend of the Demon Cat The Commercial Revolution of the Northern Song (Northern Song: 960-1126)
BHC: 154-165 • MOF: 149-167 (Su Dongpo)
2/14Life Under the Southern Song (Southern Song: 1126-1279)
BHC: 165-168 • MOF: 168-180 (Yue Fei)
2/16 Mongol Conquest: Genghis Khan, Khubilai Khan and Marco Polo (Song/Yuan: c. 1180-1368)
BHC: 168-183 MOF: 181-200 (Qiu Chuji, the Daoist)
2/18
The Ming Restoration: Globalism and Isolationism (Ming: 1368-1644)
BHC: 184-211
2/21 The Manchu Conquest and Kangxi’s Consolidation (Ming/Qing: 1600-1722)
SMC: 48-71 MOF: 216-230 (Zheng Chenggong [Coxinga])
2/23
Yongzheng’s Authority (Qing: 1723-1735)
SMC: 72-93 • A Daughter of Han
 
2/25
 
Chinese Society in the Reign of Qianlong (Qing: 1736-1795)
SMC: 94-114 • A Daughter of Han
2/28
China and the Eighteenth-Century World (Qing: 1700-1799)
SMC: 115-135 • A Daughter of Han
3/2 The Opium War: A Clash of Civilizations ... or Just a Clash for Cash? (Qing: 1800-1850)
SMC: 139-163 A Daughter of Han
3/4
The Taiping Rebellion: A Crisis Within (Qing: 1850-1875)
SMC: 164-185 • MOF: 114-126 (Hong Xiuquan)
3/7Restoration Through Reform (Qing: 1861-1875)
SMC: 186-207 • A Daughter of Han
3/9
New Tensions in the Late Qing (Qing: 1875-1905)
SMC: 208-233 • BEGIN QUEST 2
3/11The End of the Dynasty (Qing: 1905-1911)
SMC: 234-254 • QUEST 2 ENDS
3/14-18 SPRING BREAK
3/21The New Republic (ROC: 1912-1919)
SMC: 257-278 • A Daughter of Han
3/23
“A Road Is Made” (ROC: 1919-1922)
SMC: 279-300 • A Daughter of Han
3/25
The Fractured Alliance (ROC: 1922-1927)
SMC: 301-326 • ESSAY 2: A Daughter of Han
3/28 The Guomindang in Power (ROC: 1927-1933)Reflections on A Daughter of Han
SMC: 327-355 • Recommended ~ MOF: 321-330 (Chiang Kai-shek)
3/30 Communist Survival (ROC: 1927-1937)
SMC: 356-387 • Recommended ~ MOF: 345-350 (Mao Zedong)
4/1 World War II (ROC: 1937-1945)
SMC: 391-432 • Recommended ~ MOF: 345-350 (Mao Zedong, continued)
4/4 The Fall of the Guomindang State (ROC: 1945-1949)
SMC: 433-459 • Recommended ~ MOF: 350-359 (Mao Zedong, continued)
4/6 The Birth of the People’s Republic (PRC: 1949-1952)
SMC: 460-483 • Son of the Revolution
4/8 Planning the New Society (PRC: 1953-1957)
SMC: 484-513 • Son of the Revolution
4/11 Deepening the Revolution (PRC: 1957-1965)
SMC: 514-534 • Son of the Revolution
4/13 Cultural Revolution (PRC: 1966-1972)
SMC: 535-555 • Son of the Revolution
4/15 GOOD FRIDAY
4/18 Reopening the Doors (PRC: 1972-1976)
SMC: 559-586 • Son of the Revolution
4/20 Redefining Revolution (PRC: 1977-1980)
SMC: 587-614 • Son of the Revolution
4/22 Levels of Power (PRC: 1981-1984)
SMC: 615-638 ESSAY 3: Son of the Revolution
4/25 Testing the Limits (PRC: 1985-1989)
SMC: 639-665
4/27 Century’s End (PRC: 1990-1997)
SMC: 666-689
4/29 Breakthrough? (PRC: 1997-2012)
SMC: 690-707 BEGIN QUEST 3
5/2 QUEST 3 ENDS