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Spring 2014-2015
* EAS 240 / HIS 240 (HA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

The Perception of China and Asia in the West

Benjamin A. Elman

This course has three goals: 1) to present some of the major themes in the Western perception of China since 1250, "from Marco Polo to Chairman Mao", 2) to introduce the student to the nature of history and historical writing, 3) to challenge the student to do some critical historiographical analysis of his/her own. Readings will focus on primary sources in translation and relevant secondary studies.

Sample reading list:
Edward Said, Orientalism
Ronald Latham, trans., The Travels of Marco Polo
Donald Lach, China in the Eyes of Europe
Jonathan Spence, To Change China
Edgar Snow, Red Star Over China
E. L. Jones, The European Miracle

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly discussion topics based on assigned readings of 100 -150 pages weekly; four short papers will be required over the course of the term instead of a mid-term or final examination.

Requirements/Grading:
Papers - 80%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43155 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm W        Enrolled:8 Limit:15