DATE
LECTURE TOPICS/READINGS
8/24
Introduction (Xia: Prehistory)
OE: 3-15 • MOF: 3-10 (Yu) How to Memorize China’s Major Dynasties
8/26
Ancestors, Divination and Sacrifice (Shang/Western Zhou: c. 1600-771 BCE)
OE: 19-55
8/28
The World of Confucius (Spring and Autumn: 770-481 BCE)
OE: 57-79 • MOF: 11-32 (Confucius) Recommended ~ The Analects of Confucius
8/31
Daoist Responses to the Warring States (Warring States: 481-221 BCE)
OE: 79-89 • Daoism Daodejing Zhuangzi
9/2
Legalism and the Unification of China (Warring States/Qin: 481-207 BCE)
OE: 91-98 • MOF: 33-50 (Qin Shihuang) Biography of Han Fei Memorial to the Qin King
9/4
The Birth of an Empire and the Death of an Emperor (Qin: 221-207 BCE)
OE: 98-105  RGH ~ Qin: 85-87 Burying the Scholars Quest 1
9/7Syncretism in the Western Han (Former Han: 207 BCE-9 CE)
OE: 105-121 • MOF: 51-71 (Sima Qian)
9/9
Interregnum, Restoration and Division (Xin/Later Han/Three Kingdoms: 9-280)
OE: 122-137 • MOF: 100-113 (Zhuge Liang) Essay 1: Memorial to the Second Qin Emperor
9/11
Empress Wu: Chinas Only Female Emperor (Tang: 618-755)
OE: 173-179 • MOF: 127-148 (Empress Wu) Recommended ~ MOF: 114-126 (Hui Neng)
9/14
Tang Culture + An Lushan and the Decline of the Tang (Tang: 755-907)
OE: 201-234
9/16
The Commercial Revolution of the Northern Song (Northern Song: 960-1126)
OE: 237-256 • MOF: 149-167 (Su Dongpo)
9/18 Life Under the Southern Song (Southern Song: 1127-1276)
OE: 256-273 • MOF: 168-180 (Yue Fei)
9/21 Mongol Conquest and Chinese Restoration (Yuan/Ming: 1276-1644)
OE: 309-333, 345-363 Recommended ~ MOF: 201-215 (Wang Yangming) Quest 2
9/23The Manchu Conquest and Kangxi’s Consolidation (Ming/Qing: 1600-1722)
SMC: 26-71 • DC: 21-24 (2.2-2.3), 33-35 (3.1) Recommended ~ MOF: 216-230 (Coxinga)
9/25
Yongzheng’s Authority (Qing: 1723-1735)
SMC: 72-93 • DC: 39-41 (3.3), 48-53 (4.1-4.3)
9/28Chinese Society in the Reign of Qianlong (Qing: 1736-1795)
SMC: 94-114 • DC: 54-67 (5.1-5.2) Recommended ~ MOF: 259-273 (Qianlong)
9/30
China and the Eighteenth-Century World (Qing: 1700-1799) The Mid-Autumn “Moon Day” Festival
SMC: 115-135 • DC: 77-93 (6.1-6.5) Mid-Autumn Festival
10/2
The First Clash with the West (Qing: 1800-1850)
SMC: 139-163 • DC: 94-110 (7.1-7.5) Quest 3
10/5The Crisis Within (Qing: 1850-1875)
SMC: 164-185 • DC: 114-131 (8.2-8.6) Recommended ~ MOF: 114-126 (Hong Xiuquan)
10/7
Restoration Through Reform (Qing: 1861-1875)
SMC: 186-207 • DC: 134-154 (9.1-9.6)
 
10/9
 
FALL BREAK
10/12
New Tensions in the Late Qing (Qing: 1875-1905)
SMC: 208-233 • DC: 155-167 (10.1-10.3), 174-178 (10.5-10.6)
10/14The End of the Dynasty (Qing: 1905-1911)
SMC: 234-254 • DC: 179-183 (11.1), 187-197 (11.4-11.6)
10/16
The New Republic (ROC: 1912-1919)
SMC: 257-278 • DC: 201-210 (12.1-12.5) Quest 4
10/19“A Road Is Made” (ROC: 1919-1922)
SMC: 279-300 • DC: 219-230 (13.1-13.3), 231, 239-243 (13.5)
10/21
The Fractured Alliance (ROC: 1922-1927)
SMC: 301-326 • DC: 244-257 (14.1-14.7) Essay 2: A Daughter of Han
10/23The Guomindang in Power (ROC: 1927-1933)
SMC: 327-355 • DC: 258-269 (15.1-15.5), 287-289 (15.8)
10/26
Communist Survival (ROC: 1927-1937)
SMC: 356-387 • DC: 290-299 (16.1-16.2), 313-317 (16.7-16.8)
10/28World War II (ROC: 1937-1945)
SMC: 391-432 • DC: 318-320 (17.1) Quest 5
10/30
The Fall of the Guomindang State (ROC: 1945-1949)
SMC: 433-459 • DC: 345-350 (18.1-18.2), 360-364 (18.4-18.5)
11/2
The Birth of the People’s Republic (PRC: 1949-1952)
SMC: 460-483 • DC: 364-372 (18.6), 375-380 (19.2), 386-389 (19.4)
11/4 Planning the New Society (PRC: 1953-1957)
SMC: 484-513 • DC: 398-411 (20.3-20.5)
11/6 Deepening the Revolution (PRC: 1957-1965)
SMC: 514-534 • DC: 412-422 (21.1-21.3), 436-440 (21.5-21.6)
11/9 Cultural Revolution (PRC: 1966-1972)
SMC: 535-555 • DC: 441-459 (22.1-22.7) Recommended ~ MOF: 335-359 (Mao Zedong)
11/11 Reopening the Doors (PRC: 1972-1976)
SMC: 559-586 • DC: 460-467 (23.1-23.2)  Quest 6
11/13 Redefining Revolution (PRC: 1977-1980)
SMC: 587-614 • DC: 493-506 (24.1-24.2)
11/16 Levels of Power (PRC: 1981-1984)
SMC: 615-638 • DC: 514-520 (25.1), 541-546 (25.6-25.8) Essay 3: Son of the Revolution
11/18 Testing the Limits (PRC: 1985-1989)
SMC: 639-665 • DC: 547-565 (26.1-26..5)
11/20 Century’s End (PRC: 1990-1997)
SMC: 666-689 • DC: 570-574 (27.2-27.3), 585-589 (27.6)
11/23 Breakthrough? (PRC: 1997-2012)
SMC: 690-707 • DC: 590-611 (28.1-28.5) Quest 7 due on 12/1