Traditional China

HST261 ~ Syllabus
 
9/10
Xia (Prehistory)
INTRODUCTION
OE: 3-15 
MOF: 3-10 • Recommended: Chinese Civilization: Bronze Age
9/12
Shang (c. 1766-1045 BCE)
ANCESTORS, DIVINATION AND SACRIFICE
OE: 19-43 
Classical Chinese Literature (CCL): 10-23
9/14
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
9/17
Spring & Autumn (722-481 BCE)
THE WORLD OF CONFUCIUS
OE: 68-80 
MOF: 11-32 Selections from the Analects of Confucius
9/19
Warring States (403-221 BCE)
DAOIST RESPONSES TO THE WARRING STATES
OE: 80-89 
Daoism and Chinese Culture: 11-41 • Recommended: Daodejing Zhuangzi
9/21
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
9/24
Qin Dynasty (221-206 BCE)
THE BIRTH OF AN EMPIRE AND THE DEATH OF AN EMPEROR
Mid-Autumn “Moon Day” Festival
OE: 98-105
Records of ... Qin: 60-83, 85-87 • Recommended: Burying the Scholars
9/26
Former Han (202 BCE-9 CE)
LIU BANG, FOUNDER OF THE HAN
OE: 105-118 
SCT: 227-234, 283-289, 292-297
9/28
MIDTERM PAPER
DEBATE AT THE COURT OF QIN ERSHI

Loyal ministers will have five minutes to present their memorials to the throne!
10/1
Former Han (202 BCE-9 CE)
EMPEROR WU & THE CONFUCIAN 
STATE ORTHODOXY
OE: 118-127  SCT: 311-318, 353-363
10/3
Former Han (202 BCE-9CE)
SIMA QIAN, THE GRAND HISTORIAN
MOF: 51-71 
• SCT: 367-372 • Recommended: Sima Qian’s Defense of Li Ling
10/5
Later Han (25-220 CE)
THE XIN INTERREGNUM AND THE HAN RESTORATION
OE: 127-137 
MOF: 72-99
10/8
MIDTERM EXAM
10/10Three Kingdoms (220-280)
THE EMPIRE DIVIDED AND THE PROLIFERATION OF DAOISM
MOF: 100-113
 SCT: 392-404
10/12
Period of Division (316-588)
THE BUDDHIST TRANSFORMATION OF CHINA
OE: 141-157  MOF: 114-126
10/15
Northern Wei (386-534)/Sui (589-618)/Tang (618-907)
THE SUI REUNIFICATION & THE TANG CONSOLIDATION
OE: 157-181
SCT: 539-553
10/17
Tang (618-907)
EMPRESS WU: THE ONLY FEMALE 
EMPEROR IN CHINESE HISTORY
OE: 181-184
MOF: 127-148 SAMPLE TOPIC PAPER
10/19
Tang (618-907)
TANG SOCIETY & CULTURE
OE: 184-199 
SCT: 564-567 The Columbia Anthology... (CATCL): 966-980
10/22
Tang (618-907)
THE POPULARIZATION OF TEA
“Between Classical and Popular…”  Tea in China: 42-71
10/24
Tang (618-907)
THE AN LUSHAN REBELLION & THE DECLINE OF THE TANG
OE: 201-234
 SCT: 554-559, 568-573
10/26
Northern Song (960-1126)
THE COMMERCIAL REVOLUTION OF THE NORTHERN SONG
OE: 237-256
MOF: 149-167  SCT: 652-659
10/29
Southern Song (1127-1276)
LIFE UNDER THE SOUTHERN SONG
OE: 256-273
MOF: 168-180  SCT: 659-666
10/31
MOVIE: The Sorcerer and the White Snake
“The Legend of the White Snake” 
11/2MOVIE: The Sorcerer and the White Snake
TOPIC PAPER/ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY
11/5
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
11/7
Yuan (1276-1368)
THE INVASION OF THE MONGOLS
OE: 309-343

11/9

Ming (1368-1644)
THE RESTORATION OF CHINESE RULE
OE: 345-363
MOF: 201-215 Civil Service Examinations
11/12
Ming (1368-1644)
RESPONDING TO THE WORLD OUTSIDE
OE: 363-382  CATCL: 1007-1019  MOF: 216-230
11/14
Qing (1644-1911)
THE QIANLONG EMPEROR: BARBARIAN RULER OR CONFUCIAN SAGE?
OE: 385-418 
MOF: 231-258
11/16
COURSE EVALUATIONS    CONCLUDING REFLECTIONS
OE: 419-430
 FINAL PAPER DUE
11/21FINAL EXAM
Wednesday, November 21 1:00-3:00 pm