Spring 2012 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
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. This course will examine the history of Chinese civilization from the decline of the Han dynasty through the period of disunion and reunification under Sui and Tang dynasties, focusing on political, social, economic, intellectual, and cultural developments of China’s Medieval age.
All Books Required
Ebrey, Patricia. Cambridge Illustrated History of China. 2nd ed, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. ISBN: 0521124336.
Wu Fusheng. Written at Imperial Command. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2009. ISBN: 9780791473702.
Schafer, Edward. The Golden Peaches of Samarkand. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1963. ISBN: 0520054628.
DeBlasi, Anthony. Reform in the Balance. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2002. ISBN: 0791454363.
Additional readings to be distributed via eLearning (or whatever it's called this semester).
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