The course will explain the system of thought and trace it as it changes through history and within human lives and institutions. Women and the Family in Chinese History (4) The course explores the institutions of family and marriage, and women’s roles and experiences within the family and beyond, from classical times to the early twentieth century. Women and the Chinese Revolution (4) Examines women’s roles and experiences in the twentieth-century Chinese revolution, the ways in which women participated in the process of historical change, the question of to what extent the revolution “liberated” women from “Confucian tradition.” HIEA 139GS.
Topics, which vary from year to year, will include traditional political, economic, and religious systems, and theory and practice of indirect rule, decolonization, African socialism, and pan-Africanism. Department approval required; may be coscheduled with HIAF 261. Special Topics in African History (4) This colloquium is intended for students with sufficient background in African history.
Unless otherwise noted, these courses are open to students with upper-division standing and to any student who has taken one quarter of any HILD course or articulated equivalent, or one quarter of a college writing course, including HUM 1–5; MCWP 40, 41, 50, or 125; DOC 1–3; WCWP 10A or 10B; MMW 11–15, 21, or 22; or CAT 1–3.
Check with the department to see which courses are available each quarter. Modern Africa since 1880 (4) A survey of African history dealing with the European scramble for territory, primary resistance movements, the rise of nationalism and the response of metropolitan powers, the transfer of power, self-rule and military coups, and the quest for identity and unity. West Africa since 1880 (4) West Africa from the nineteenth century onwards and examines the broad outlines of historical developments in the sub-region through the twentieth century, including such themes as religious, political, and social changes. Small Wars and the Global Order: Africa and Asia (4) Examines the traumas, interrelation, and global repercussions of national conflicts (“small wars”) in the postcolonial world.
Recommended preparation: previous course work on China helpful but not required. Primary sources will include written texts and visual materials.
May be taken for credit four times with department approval. China under the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644) (4) Ming history from its beginnings under Mongol rule until its fall to rebels and the Manchus. Life in Ming China (1369–1644) (4) We read primary and secondary sources to explore the experiences, worldview, and relationships of Ming men and women, variously including emperors and empresses, scholar-officials, upper-class wives, merchants, weavers, painters, eunuchs, Daoists, fighting monks, farmers, actors, gardeners, courtesans, soldiers, and pirates. Women and Gender in East Asia (4) The impact of modern transformations on female roles and gender relations in China, Japan, and Korea, focusing on the late imperial/early modern periods through the twentieth century. The Silk Road in Chinese and Japanese History (4) This course studies the peoples, cultures, religions, economics, arts, and technologies of the trade routes known collectively as the Silk Road from c. We will examine these trade routes as an early example of globalization. History of Material Culture in China (4) Introduction to material culture in China from a historical perspective.