Di Luo's Teaching Portfolio
This course investigates the history of East Asia from the beginning to 1800. It focuses on three major civilizations–China, Korea, and Japan–in the attempt to reveal the economic growth, cultural development, political changes, social conditions and transformations, and intellectual traditions of premodern East Asia as well as its great achievements and legacies in the arts and humanities. Meanwhile, emphasis will be given to the exchange of goods and ideas within East Asia, and to the connections of East Asia to other parts of the world especially Central Asia and Europe.
The materials to be covered in this course encompass historical documents, literary works, maps, and various types of visual evidence. Topics include material culture of the Bronze Age, Confucianism and state policies, Buddhism and its diffusion in East Asia, China in periods of unification and division, the invention of the Korean alphabet, the Mongol conquest in East Asia, samurai and tea ceremony in Japan, the importation of Western techniques and ideas, and so forth.
|SESSION #||TOPICS & READINGS||KEY DATES|
|2||Prehistory of East Asia
|3||Shang and Western Zhou Dynasties
|4||Axial Age: Thinkers and Sage Kings
|5||Confucius & Confucianism
De Bary, 29-40, 69-105.
De Bary, 49-68, 217-22.
|7||Qin and Han: China Unified
|8||From Legalism to the Great Syncretism
De Bary, 106-25, 131-51.
|9||Buddhism in the Age of Division
|10||Schools of Buddhist Philosophy and Practice
De Bary, 240-59, 264-87.
|Analytic paper 1 due|
|11||Sui and Tang China
Ebrey, 88-110, 112-15.
|14||Rival regimes in China: Song, Liao, Jin, Xi Xia
De Bary, 308-86.
|Analytic paper 2 due|
|21||Mongol Conquest in East Asia
|22||Japan in the Muromachi and Momoyama Periods
|24||Learning of the Mind-and-Heart
De Bary, 428-70.
|25||Early Choson Korea
|26||Qing China and the Encounter with the West
|28||Late Choson Korea