This course covers the societies, cultures, politics, and economies of China, Japan, and Korea from 1850 to the present. By reading a variety of primary and secondary sources, students will consider interpretations of the past that continue to influence how people in East Asia today perceive themselves, their countries, and international relations. We will also interrogate the ways in which historical events are interpreted by the hermeneutics of the present. Topics covered include imperialism, nationalism, World War II, revolution, economic development, political protests, and environmental challenges.
Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.