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HIST0231

Imperial China

Imperial China
China’s is the world’s oldest continuous civilization, and we will survey the history of the Chinese empire from its cultural beginnings until the conflicts with the West in the 1840s and the internal unrest of the 1850s and 1860s. Our study of China’s political progression through successive dynasties will reveal archetypal patterns of historical disruption amidst continuity. We will also examine those perennial social, institutional, and intellectual forces — such as the stratification of the classes, the absolutist tendencies of monarchy, and the civilly-focused yet competitive atmosphere fostered by a state-sponsored examination culture — that proved determinative in shaping China’s traditional development.
Subject:
History
Department:
History
Division:
Humanities
Requirements Fulfilled:
AAL HIS SOC
Equivalent Courses:

Sections

Spring 2015

HIST0231A-S15 Lecture

Fall 2012

HIST0231A-F12 Lecture (Wyatt)

Spring 2012

HIST0231A-S12 Lecture (Wyatt)

Fall 2007

HIST0231A-F07 Lecture (Endicott)

Fall 2005

HIST0231A-F05 Lecture (Endicott)
HIST0231B-F05 Lecture (Endicott)

Fall 2004

HIST0231A-F04 Lecture
HIST0231B-F04 Lecture
HIST0231Y-F04 Discussion
HIST0231Z-F04 Discussion

Fall 2003

HIST0231A-F03 Lecture (Endicott)
HIST0231B-F03 Lecture (Endicott)
HIST0231Y-F03 Discussion (Endicott)
HIST0231Z-F03 Discussion (Endicott)