Introduction to East Asia
Syllabus


CHINA
3/28
Xia/Shang (c. 2205-c. 1027 BCE)
ORACLE BONES & RITUAL BRONZES

China: Its History and Culture (CHC): 5-21 Oracle Bones • Ritual Bronzes
3/30
Western Zhou (c. 1027-771 BCE)
THE MANDATE OF HEAVEN & THE BOOK OF CHANGES

CHC: 22-28 
The Mandate of HeavenI Ching/Yijing Yijing Divination
4/1Eastern Zhou (771-221 BCE) ~ Spring & Autumn (722-481 BCE)
CONFUCIUS: THE FOUNDATION OF CHINESE THOUGHT

CHC: 29-38
• Confucius • Recommended: The Analects of Confucius
4/4Warring States (403-221 BCE)
DAOIST RESPONSES TO CONFUCIANISM: LAOZI & ZHUANGZI

CHC: 38-42
Daoism • Recommended: Laozi: 1-10, 37-52 & Zhuangzi: 29-34, 36-40, 50-51
4/6Late Warring States/Qin (c. 250-206 BCE)
LEGALISM & THE UNIFICATION OF CHINA

CHC: 43-44
Legalism in Chinese Philosophy  Recommended: Han Feizi
4/8
Late Warring States/Qin (c. 250-206 BCE)
MOVIE: THE EMPEROR & THE ASSASSIN

CHC: 45-48
Warring States Quest
4/11
Late Warring States/Qin (c. 250-206 BCE)
MOVIE: THE EMPEROR & THE ASSASSIN (CONTINUED)

Blackboard/Course Readings (BB/CR):  Records of the Grand Historian
4/13
Qin (221-206 BCE)
QIN SHIHUANGDI: THE FIRST EMPEROR OF CHINA

 ESSAY 1 DUE Memorial Example: Han Feizi’s Memorial to the King of Qin
4/15
Han (206 BCE-221 CE)
EMPEROR WU: CONFUCIAN SAGE OR LEGALIST AUTOCRAT?

CHC: 48-70 
BB/CR: Confucian Orthodoxy BB/CR: Salt & Iron
4/18
Six Dynasties (222-589)
NO CLASS: WATCH DOCUMENTARY ON THE BUDDHA

CHC: 71-80 
• Buddhism in China
4/20
Sui (589-618)/Tang (618-907)
THE CHINESE TRANSFORMATION OF BUDDHISM

CHC: 81-97
 Xuanzang (Sections 1-3) The Sixth Patriarch, Huineng
4/22
Song (960-1279)
TROUBLE IN THE NORTH, FLOURISHING IN THE SOUTH

CHC: 98-114
The Song Dynasty
4/25
Yuan (1280-1368)
GENGHIS KHAN, MARCO POLO, AND KUBLAI KHAN

CHC: 115-122
Yuan Dynasty, Part 1Yuan Dynasty, Part 2
4/27
Ming (1368-1644)
THE MING RESTORATION OF CHINESE RULE

CHC: 123-136 
BB/CR: The Voyages of Zheng He • Medieval China Quest
4/29 Early Qing (1644-1800)
THE QIANLONG EMPEROR: BARBARIAN RULER OR CONFUCIAN SAGE?

CHC: 137-147
• Macartney and the Emperor
5/2Late Qing (1800-1911)
EXTERNAL AND INTERNAL THREATS

CHC: 148-174
The Canton Factories • The First Opium War
5/4The Republican Period (1911-1949)
THE NATIONALISTS & THE COMMUNISTS

CHC: 175-200
• Crash Course: Nationalists & Communists
5/6The Communist Revolution (1949-1978)
THE CULT OF MAO

CHC: 201-226
Mao Propaganda FilmMao’s Miraculous Mangoes
5/9The Post-Mao Era (1978-)
DENG XIAOPING: IN THE WAKE OF MAO

CHC: 227-260
• Recommended: CHC: 261-285 • Modern China Quest
 

JAPAN
 5/11 Jomon (c. 3000-300 BCE) ~ Yayoi (c. 300 BCE-c. 250 CE) ~ Yamato (c. 250-710)
THE FOUNDATION OF JAPANESE CIVILIZATION

JHC: 4-27 The History of Japan ESSAY 2 DUE
5/13
Nara (710-794) ~ Heian (794-1185)
ARISTOCRATIC LIFE AT THE HEIAN COURT

JHC: 28-51
 Tale of Genji: Background • Excerpts • Recommended: The Tale of Princess Kaguya
5/16
Kamakura (1185-1333)
ENTER THE SAMURAI

JHC: 52-80 
• Mono no aware • BB/CR: Tale of the HeikeBB/CR: An Account of my Hut
5/18
Ashikago/Muromachi (1336-1573)
THE CHRYSANTHEMUM & THE SWORD

JHC: 81-100
WabiSabiBB/CR: Essays in Idleness The Japanese Tea Ceremony
5/20
Tokugawa/Edo (1600-1868)
PICTURES OF THE FLOATING WORLD

JHC: 101-146 
NohKabukiBunrakuSumo • Early Japan Quest
5/23
Meiji (1868-1912)
NATIONALISM & MODERNIZATION

JHC: 147-167
 Crash Course: Nationalism
5/25Taisho (1912-1926) ~ Showa/WWII (1926-1945)
FROM NATIONALISM TO MILITARISM

JHC: 168-189 • Why Were A-Bombs Dropped? • Pro: Wilson Miscamble • Con: Howard Zinn
5/27
Showa (1926-1989) ~ Heisei (1989-) ~ The Post War Period (1945-)
MOVIE: PRINCESS MONONOKE
JHC: 190-230 
Anime
5/30
MEMORIAL DAY
6/1
The Post-War Period (1945-)
MOVIE: PRINCESS MONONOKE, CONTINUED

JHC: 261-295
• Recommended: JHC: 231-260 • “Modern Japan Quest
6/3The Contemporary Period
REFLECTIONS ON EAST ASIAN IN THE 21ST CENTURY

ESSAY 3 DUE
6/6FINAL EXAM
Monday, June 6
3:30-5:30 PM