Traditional China

HST261 ~ Syllabus
 
9/12
Xia (Prehistory)
INTRODUCTION 
Mid-Autumn Festival • Moon Day MythsLion DanceLanterns
OE: 3-15 
MOF: 3-10 Chinese Civilization: Bronze Age
9/14
Shang (c. 1766-1045 BCE)
ANCESTORS, DIVINATION AND SACRIFICE

OE: 19-43 
Classical Chinese Literature (CCL): 10-23
9/16
Western Zhou (1045-771 BCE)/Spring & Autumn (770-481 BCE)
FROM THE ZHOU CONQUEST TO THE SPRING & AUTUMN PERIOD
OE: 43-68
 Sources of Chinese Tradition (SCT): 32-37 CCL: 166-170
9/19
Spring & Autumn (722-481 BCE)
THE WORLD OF CONFUCIUS

OE: 68-80 
MOF: 11-32 • Recommended: The Analects of Confucius
9/21
Warring States (403-221 BCE)
DAOIST RESPONSES TO THE WARRING STATES

OE: 80-89 
Daoism and Chinese Culture: 11-41 • Recommended: Daodejing Zhuangzi
9/23
Warring States (403-221 BCE)/Qin (221-206 BCE)
LEGALISM AND THE UNIFICATION OF CHINA

OE: 91-98 
MOF: 33-50 • SMQ’s Biography of Han Fei HF’s Memorial to the King of Qin
9/26
Qin Dynasty (221-206 BCE)
THE BIRTH OF AN EMPIRE AND THE DEATH OF AN EMPEROR

OE: 98-105
Records of ... Qin: 60-83, 85-87Burning of Books/Burying of Scholars
9/28
Former Han (202 BCE-9 CE)
LIU BANG, FOUNDER OF THE HAN

OE: 105-118 
SCT: 227-234, 283-289, 292-297
9/30
MIDTERM PAPER
DEBATE AT THE COURT OF QIN ERSHI

Loyal ministers will have two minutes to present their memorials to the throne!
10/3
Former Han (202 BCE-9 CE)
EMPEROR WU & THE CONFUCIAN 
STATE ORTHODOXY

OE: 118-127  SCT: 311-318, 353-363
10/5
Former Han (202 BCE-9CE)
SIMA QIAN, THE GRAND HISTORIAN

MOF: 51-71 
• SCT: 367-372 Sima Qian’s Defense of Li Ling
10/7
Later Han (25-220 CE)
THE XIN INTERREGNUM AND THE HAN RESTORATION

OE: 127-137 
MOF: 72-99
10/10
MIDTERM EXAM
10/12Three Kingdoms (220-280)
THE EMPIRE DIVIDED AND THE PROLIFERATION OF DAOISM

MOF: 100-113
 SCT: 392-404
10/14
Period of Division (316-588)
THE BUDDHIST TRANSFORMATION OF CHINA

OE: 141-157  MOF: 114-126
10/17
Northern Wei (386-534)/Sui (589-618)/Tang (618-907)
THE SUI REUNIFICATION & THE TANG CONSOLIDATION

OE: 157-181
SCT: 539-553
10/19
Tang (618-907)
EMPRESS WU: THE ONLY FEMALE 
EMPEROR
IN CHINESE HISTORY
OE: 181-184
MOF: 127-148 SAMPLE TOPIC PAPER
10/21
Tang (618-907)
TANG SOCIETY & CULTURE

OE: 184-199 
SCT: 564-567 The Columbia Anthology... (CATCL): 966-980
10/24
Tang (618-907)
THE POPULARIZATION OF TEA

“Between Classical and Popular…”  Tea in China: 42-71
10/26
Tang (618-907)
THE AN LUSHAN REBELLION & THE DECLINE OF THE TANG

OE: 201-234
 SCT: 554-559, 568-573
10/28
Northern Song (960-1126)
THE COMMERCIAL REVOLUTION OF THE NORTHERN SONG

OE: 237-256
MOF: 149-167  SCT: 652-659
10/31
Southern Song (1127-1276)
LIFE UNDER THE SOUTHERN SONG

OE: 256-273
MOF: 168-180  SCT: 659-666
11/2
MOVIE: The Sorcerer and the White Snake (New Hall, Multipurpose Room)
“The Legend of the White Snake” 
11/4MOVIE: The Sorcerer and the White Snake (New Hall, Multipurpose Room)
TOPIC PAPER/ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY
11/7
The Non-Chinese Dynasties of the North: Liao (907-1125) and Jin (1115-1234)
THE RISE OF THE KHITAN, THE JURCHEN ... AND THE MONGOLS

OE: 275-307
MOF: 181-200
11/9
Yuan (1276-1368)
THE INVASION OF THE MONGOLS

OE: 309-343

11/11

Ming (1368-1644)
THE RESTORATION OF CHINESE RULE

OE: 345-363
MOF: 201-215
11/14
Ming (1368-1644)
RESPONDING TO THE WORLD OUTSIDE

OE: 363-382  CATCL: 1007-1019  MOF: 216-230 Civil Service Examinations
11/16
Qing (1644-1911)
THE QIANLONG EMPEROR: BARBARIAN RULER OR CONFUCIAN SAGE?

OE: 385-418 
MOF: 231-258
11/18
COURSE EVALUATIONS    CONCLUDING REFLECTIONS
OE: 419-430
 FINAL PAPER DUE
11/21FINAL EXAM
Monday, November 21
3:30-5:30 pm