Spring 2014 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
The network of overland exchange routes that linked the whole of the known world (i.e., the Mediterranean, India, China) is generally known by the 19th century appellative "the Silk Roads." They were the media through which the great civilizations of the West (Rome, Persia, Byzantium) connected with the great civilizations of the East (India, China). As such, an understanding of the history and function of the Silk Roads is essential. This course will examine the history and material culture of the Silk Roads, with particular emphasis to the China side of the exchange system.
Liu Xinru. The Silk Roads: A Brief History with Documents. New York: Bedford St Martins, 2012. ISBN: 0312475519
Keown, Damien. Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction. 2nd edition. Oxford University Press, 2013. ISBN: 0199663831
Foltz, Richard. Religions of the Silk Road. New York: Palgrave, 2000. ISBN: 0312233388
Wriggins, Sally Hovey. The Silk Road Journey with Xuanzang. Boulder: Westview, 2004. ISBN: 0813365996
Schafer, Edward. The Golden Peaches of Samarkand. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1963. ISBN: 0520054628.
Whitfield, Roderick, Susan Whitfield, and Neville Agnew. Cave Temples of Mogao: Art and History on the Silk Road. Los Angeles: Getty Trust Publications, 2001. ISBN: 0892365854
Dawson, Christopher, ed. Mission to Asia. Medieval Academy Reprints for Teaching. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1980. ISBN: 0802064361
Marco Polo, Ronald Latham, trans. The Travels. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1958. ISBN: 0140440577
Hopkirk, Peter. Foreign Devils on the Silk Road: The Search for the Lost Cities and Treasures of Chinese Central Asia. University of Massachusetts Press, 1984. ISBN: 0870234358
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Weekly reading (textbook, monographs, and primary sources).
Active participation in discussion.
Primary source analysis essays.