Spring 2020 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Farmer, J Michael
Discipline and Number
HIST 3313 Section 001
MW Time 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Course Title
Early Medieval China

Description of Course:

Chinese civilization, like its Greek and Roman counterparts in the Mediterranean, is both ancient and far-reaching, influencing the political, economic, social, intellectual, religious, and cultural systems of a hemisphere for over five thousand years. Traditional Chinese civilization coalesced around the turn of the Common Era, reached its zenith during the mid-eighth century, and then began its descent into the early modern world.

SPRING 2020: The course will focus on the four centuries of disunion between the Han and Tang dynasties, also known as “Early Medieval China.” Students will read, analyze, discuss, and write about primary documents (in English translation) on a variety of historical topics from this period.

Required Texts:

Swartz, Campany, Lu, and Choo, eds. Early Medieval China: A Sourcebook. Columbia UP, 2014. ISBN: 978-0231159876

Lewis, Mark Edward. China Between Empires: The Northern and Southern Dynasties. Belnap Press of Harvard UP, 2009. ISBN: 9780674060357

Additional readings TBA

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Weekly reading and writing assignments. In-class writing assignments. Book and Article captures.

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