(pre-history to present)

Fall 2001                                                                                                                        Classroom: AD 208
                                                                                                                                       Time: 9:30-10:20am

Professor: Dr. Pingchao Zhu
Office: Room 315 Administration Building
Office Hours: MWF 11-12, or by appointment
Office Phone: 885-7166 or 885-6253
Email: pzhu@uidaho.edu
Webpage: www.uidaho.edu/~pzhu

This course is a general survey of both traditional and modern history on East Asia including countries of China, Japan, and Korea. We will examine major evolution and development in tradition, culture, philosophical thought, political organization, social structure, economic institution, religious practice, western impact, as well as foreign relations of these nations. At the same time, we will also compare the similarities and differences of East Asian cultures and analyze how they have taken different paths to become what they are today.

Rhoads Murphey, East Asia: A New History, 2nd edition, New York: Longman, 2001

1. Two term examinations 100 points each
2. One final paper 100
3. Group presentation 70+10
4. One comparison essay 70
5. Class attendance & participation 50

Term Examinations consist of identification, and short essays. They are not accumulative.

Final Paper is a comprehensive essay. Topic and details will be given two weeks before the last week of class.

Group Presentation Three or more students may work together as one group on topic assigned. Each presentation will be about 30 minutes. Format of presentation will be up to each group. A list of topics will be provided to the class for your consideration. The presentation will be evaluated and graded by the rest of the class. If you miss giving the evaluation, you will lose 10 points on your part of total presentation points.

A=500-450 B=449-400 C=399-350 D=349-300 F=299 and below

Week 1 Aug. 27-31
Introduction to the Course
Early East Asia
Reading: Chapters 1 & 2

Week 2 Sept. 5-7, No Class on Monday, Labor Day
Early Chinese Civilization
Classic Chinese Thoughts
The First Emperor
Reading: Chapter 3 & 4

Week 3 Sept. 10-14
Society and Culture in China
The Mongel Conquest
Reading: Chapters 4 & 5

Week 4 Sept. 17-21
China's Last Dynasty
The Opium War
The 1911 Revolution
Reading: Chapter 8 & 14

Week 5 Sept. 24-28
Early Feudal Japan
Shinto & the Emperor
Society & economy
Reading: Chapter 10 & 11

Week 6 Oct. 1-5
1st Exam on Monday
Early Korea
Chinese influence
Yi Dynasty
Reading: Chapter 9

Week 7 Oct. 8-12
Tokugawa Japan
Japan's response to the West
Meiji Reform
Early Industrialization
Reading: Chapter 13

Week 8 Oct. 15-19
Imperial Japan
Cultural enlightenment
Nationalism & modernization
Foreign policy
Reading: Chapter 15

Week 9 Oct. 22-26
China's Republic era, 1911-1949
Cultural movements
Nationalists vs. Communists
Reading: Chapter 17 & 18

Week 10 Oct. 29-Nov. 2
East Asia At War and after
China's Civil War
Allied occupation of Japan
Reading: Chapter 19 & 20
Comparison Essay Due on Monday

Week 11 Nov. 5-9
2nd Exam on Monday
Korea in Transition
Unification & division
Reading: Chapter 16

Week 12 Nov. 12-16
Japan Revival
Japan's Economic miracles
Reading: Chapter 21

Week 13 Nov. 19-23 Fall Recess

Week 14 Nov. 26-30
China under Communism
Political chaos
Reading: Chapter 20

Week 15 Dec. 3-7
East Asia in World Politics
China in reform
South Korea vs. North Korea
Japan's challenge
Reading: chapter 22

Week 16 Dec. 10-14
East Asia & the Pacific Rim
Reading: Chapter 22

**This course schedule is subject to changes by the instructor.
**Late paper without permission will result in deduction of 5 points per day.