Search | Directories | Reference Tools
UW Home > Discover UW > Student Guide 
 | Glossary UW Bothell Course Descriptions UW Tacoma Course Descriptions
Search course descriptions with Google Custom Search:

COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES
HISTORY
HISTORY OF ASIA

Detailed course offerings (Time Schedule) are available for

To see the detailed Instructor Class Description, click on the underlined instructor name following the course description.

HSTAS 201 Introduction to South Asian History, pre-history to 1500 (5) I&S
Religions, literature, philosophy, politics, arts, and history of India from earliest times to the Mughal empire.

HSTAS 202 Introduction to South Asian History, 1500 - present (5) I&S
The Islamic impact, British conquest, and contemporary India. Emphasis on the rise of nationalism, social organization, and contemporary life and history. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 202.
Instructor Course Description: Catherine H. Warner Purnima Dhavan

HSTAS 211 History of Chinese Civilization (5) I&S
Intensive survey of Chinese civilization from earliest times to today. Introduces all students, including East Asian history majors, to the general sweep of Chinese history. Social, cultural, and intellectual developments.
Instructor Course Description: Xiaolin Duan Elif Akcetin Patricia B. Ebrey Karil Kucera Mahlon D. Meyer R Kent Guy

HSTAS 212 History of Korean Civilization (5) I&S
From earliest times to the present. Development of Korean society and culture in terms of government organization, social and economic change, literature, and art. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 212.
Instructor Course Description: Hwasook Bergquist Nam Seung Bum Kye Sun-Hee Yoon

HSTAS 221 History of Southeast Asia (5) I&S
Surveys Southeast Asian civilizations at the outset of Western colonial rule; the colonial impact on the traditional societies of Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines; nineteenth- and twentieth-century nationalist and revolutionary movements; emergence of Southeast Asia as a region in the modern world. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 221.
Instructor Course Description: Christoph Giebel Jon Ariston Olivera Judith A.N. Henchy Laurie J Sears Allan E Lumba

HSTAS 241 Japanese Civilization (5) I&S Spafford
Japan's civilization, including its origins, government, literature, economic institutions, material culture, social organization, and religions, in relation to the development of Japan as a society and nation. Cannot be taken for credit if SISEA 341 previously taken. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 241.
Instructor Course Description: Robert J. Hoppens David Spafford

HSTAS 244 Imperialism and Anti-Colonialism in Asia (5) I&S, DIV
Introduction to Western imperialism expansion, conquest, and colonial rule in Asia; the anti-colonial, nationalist resistances they engendered; and the resultant cultural, political, economic, and intellectual transformations in Asian societies. Covers post-1800 violence, racial hierarchies, human rights abuses, post-colonial memories, persistent strategies of domination, and structural inequities. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 244.
Instructor Course Description: Christoph Giebel

HSTAS 245 Human Rights in Asia (5) I&S, DIV Callahan, Giebel
Introduction to recent and ongoing human rights issues in South, Southeast, and East Asia. Focuses on how human rights politics have played out in domestic political arenas. Provides exposure to views/insights into the historical context in which human rights claims, abuses, and debates arise. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 245.
Instructor Course Description: Christoph Giebel Mary P. Callahan

HSTAS 265 The Viet Nam Wars (5) I&S Giebel
Recent Vietnamese history and struggles for independence and national unification vis-a-vis French colonialism, Japanese occupation, American intervention, and internal divisions. Covers historical roots and contemporary contexts of revolution and war, objectives and motivations of participants, and the enormous human costs. Emphasizes socio-cultural changes and wars' legacies. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 265.
Instructor Course Description: Christoph Giebel

HSTAS 290 Topics in Asian History (5, max. 10) I&S
Examines special topics in Asian history.
Instructor Course Description: Purnima Dhavan

HSTAS 303 Divided Lands/Divided Lives: An Environmental History of South Asia (5)
Focuses on the mobilization of South Asian tribal, peasant, and ethnic communities around ecological issues to secure social equity in the colonial and post-colonial period. Examines how the complex interactions of states and peoples have changed the ways in which nature itself is conceptualized. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 303.
Instructor Course Description: Purnima Dhavan

HSTAS 348 Alternative Routes to Modernity (5) I&S
Routes to modernity followed by non-Western societies between 1600 and 1900. Historical experiences of non-Western societies seen in the context of European history and of development theory. Emphasizes primary sources and techniques for posing theoretical questions of historical data. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 346.
Instructor Course Description: R Kent Guy

HSTAS 354 Modern China: From Empire to Republics (5) Dong
Surveys the major historical events and discourses of twentieth century China and lays a foundation for understanding contemporary China. Themes include reforms; revolutions; colonialism and imperialism; state and society; and social and cultural changes. Offered: jointly with JSIS D 354.

HSTAS 364 Violence, Myth, and Memory (5) VLPA/I&S Sears
Explores how images and ideas of power, violence, and global modernity circulate in memories and discourses abut US relations with Vietnam, the Philippines, and Indonesia. Topics include foundations myths, colonial and postcolonial encounters, historiography and narrative, and nationalist and ethnic identity formations. Offered: jointly with JSIS B 364; Sp.
Instructor Course Description: Laurie J Sears

HSTAS 401 History of Ancient India (5) I&S
India in ancient times; emphasis on forms of political organizations and economic life, social organizations, and cultural developments.
Instructor Course Description: Richard G. Salomon

HSTAS 402 History of Medieval and Mughal India (5) I&S
Medieval India; emphasis on forms of political organizations and economic life, social organizations, and cultural developments.
Instructor Course Description: Purnima Dhavan

HSTAS 403 History of Modern India to 1900 (5) I&S
Modern India; emphasis on forms of political organizations and economic life, social organizations, and cultural developments.

HSTAS 404 History of Twentieth-Century India (5) I&S
Analysis of the problems in the fields of social life, international and domestic politics, education, economics, and other areas that confront India today.

HSTAS 421 History of Pre-Modern Japan (5) I&S
Introduces the early years of Japan's political, socioeconomic, and cultural history, culminating in the emergence of the early modern state around 1600.

HSTAS 423 History of Modern Japan (5) I&S
Political, social, economic, and cultural development of Japan from the late Tokugawa period to the present with special emphasis on the cultural impact of the West. Recommended: JSIS A 242. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 423.
Instructor Course Description: Kenneth B Pyle

HSTAS 424 The Emergence of Postwar Japan (5) I&S Pyle
The making of modern Japan; World War II and surrender; American occupation; postoccupation rebuilding; emergence as an industrial power. Recommended: JSIS A 242. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 424.
Instructor Course Description: Christoph Giebel Kenneth B Pyle

HSTAS 441 Economic and Social History of Japan to 1900 (5) I&S
Lecture-seminar on Japanese economic and social history from 700 to 1900. Analyses of the rise and decline of the shoen system, the rise of commerce, social change, changes in the living standard, demographic changes, and the early phases of industrialization. Political and cultural developments as related to economic and social change. Recommended: JSIS A 242.

HSTAS 451 Chinese History: Earliest Times to 221 BC (5) I&S
Pre-imperial China.

HSTAS 452 Chinese History from Earliest Times to 1276 (5) I&S
Traces the development of Chinese civilization form earliest times through the Song dynasty. Examines social, cultural, political, and economic history.
Instructor Course Description: Xiaolin Duan Patricia B. Ebrey Jeong Won Hyun

HSTAS 453 Chinese History from 1276-1895 (5) I&S
Political, social, economic, and intellectual history form the time of the Mongol conquest of China to the Sino-Japanese war. Focus on the evolution of the late imperial Chinese state and the "early modern" era in China.
Instructor Course Description: Mahlon D. Meyer R Kent Guy

HSTAS 454 History of Modern China (5) I&S
Social, cultural, political, economic, and intellectual transformations and continuities in China from the end of the imperial period to the present. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 454.
Instructor Course Description: Chong Eun Ahn Yue Dong

HSTAS 456 Topics in Chinese Social History (5) I&S Dong, Ebrey, Guy
Surveys major issues and approaches to the study of the role of the Chinese people in China's historical development. Historical focus of course varies with instructor. Recommended: either HSTAS 211, HSTAS 452, HSTAS 453, or HSTAS/JSIS A 454. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 456.
Instructor Course Description: Patricia B. Ebrey Yue Dong

HSTAS 457 Women in China to 1800 (5) I&S, DIV
Gender in Chinese culture, women's situations in the patrilineal family system, and the ways women's situations changed as other dimensions of China's political system, economy, and culture changed from early times through the nineteenth century. Offered: jointly with GWSS 457.
Instructor Course Description: Patricia B. Ebrey Hsiaowen Cheng

HSTAS 459 Gender Histories of Modern China, Eighteenth to Twentieth Centuries (5) I&S
Emergence of modernist social, political, intellectual gender formations in social activism, revolutionary writing, scientific ideologies, economic globalization. Stresses gender difference in colonial modernity, revolutionary movement, communism, post-socialist market society. Relates modern Chinese women to global flows, new division of labor, local and regional experience. Offered: jointly with GWSS 459.
Instructor Course Description: Tani E. Barlow

HSTAS 460 Cities in China: Past and Present (5) I&S Dong
Economic, political, social, and cultural functions of the city in modern Chinese history. Changes in China's urban system. The city as cultural center and focus of literary and cinematic representation. Attention to architecture, commerce, urbanization, the role of capital cities in the power of the state. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 460.

HSTAS 462 Southeast Asian History to 1800 (5) I&S
Absorption and modification of cultures (Indian and Chinese), religions (Islam, Buddhism, Catholicism), and peoples (northern European) by island- and mainland-Southeast Asians. Main themes are cultural contact and the growth of states and peoples.
Instructor Course Description: Christoph Giebel

HSTAS 463 Southeast Asian History from 1800 to the Present (5) I&S
Post-eighteenth-century history of the present countries of Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Deals with colonial rule, emerging nationalism, and political independence. Investigates broad themes of social, economic, and cultural history.
Instructor Course Description: Laurie J Sears

HSTAS 466 Islam, Mysticism, Politics and Performance in Indonesian Culture (5) VLPA/I&S
Examines how Indonesia, the world's fourth most-populous country, with the largest Islamic population, weaves together local practices and influences from India and Persia. Offers ways of understanding modern Indonesian performing arts, religion, and polities. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 462.
Instructor Course Description: Laurie J Sears

HSTAS 481 History of Traditional Korea: Earliest Times to the Nineteenth Century (5) I&S
Korean history from earliest times to the modern period.
Instructor Course Description: Hwasook Bergquist Nam

HSTAS 482 History of Modern Korea: 1860 to the Present (5) I&S
Traditional institutions and society, Japanese colonial rule, liberation and the Korean War, early Korean communist movement, and North Korea and South Korea since 1945.
Instructor Course Description: Hwasook Bergquist Nam Cheolbae Son Seung Bum Kye

HSTAS 490 Topics in Asian History (5, max. 10) I&S

Instructor Course Description: Robert J. Hoppens Patricia B. Ebrey Cheolbae Son Kenneth B Pyle Seung Bum Kye Purnima Dhavan Joshua Van Lieu Yue Dong

HSTAS 501 Indian History (3-6, max. 6)
Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

HSTAS 502 Seminar: History of India (3-6, max. 12)
Seminar on selected topics and problems in the history of medieval and modern India. Prerequisite: HSTAS 501 and permission of instructor.
Instructor Course Description: Christian L. Novetzke Purnima Dhavan

HSTAS 503 Seminar: History of India (3-6, max. 12)
Seminar on selected topics and problems in the history of medieval and modern India. Prerequisite: HSTAS 501 and permission of instructor.

HSTAS 520 Premodern Japanese History (5)
Field course; Japanese history prior to 1868. Prerequisite: HSTAS 421 and HSTAS 422, or SISEA 441 and SISEA 541, or permission of instructor.
Instructor Course Description: David Spafford

HSTAS 521 Modern Japanese History (3-6, max. 6)
Field course. Prerequisite: HSTAS 422, HSTAS 423, or permission of instructor.
Instructor Course Description: Kenneth B Pyle

HSTAS 523 Seminar in Modern Japanese History (3-6, max. 12)

HSTAS 524 Seminar in Modern Japanese History (3-6, max. 12)

HSTAS 530 Field Course in Southeast Asian History (5)
Introduces major English-language works on Southeast Asian history and to the major historiographical issues of the era. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 580.
Instructor Course Description: Christoph Giebel Laurie J Sears

HSTAS 532 Seminar in Southeast Asian History (5)
Selected topics in Southeast Asian history and historiography. Includes preparation for theses and doctoral dissertations on Southeast Asian History. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 582.
Instructor Course Description: Christoph Giebel Vicente L. Rafael

HSTAS 534 Indonesian Histories, Oral Traditions, and Archives (5)
Explores the inscription of Indonesian histories and stories. Focuses on oral traditions, oral testimonies, and archives. Investigates how oral and written testimonies enter historical archives. Explores theoretical work on literary and performance traditions as they relate to nationalism and Islam in Indonesia. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 534.
Instructor Course Description: Laurie J Sears

HSTAS 541 Economic and Social History of Japan to 1900 (5)
Analyses of landholding systems, the rise of commerce, demographic changes, urbanization, early industrialization, and social change. Prerequisite: previous course work in Japanese history or economic history, or permission of instructor. Not open to students who have taken HSTAS 441.

HSTAS 551 Field Course in Chinese History: Pre-Sung Period (3-6, max. 6) Ebrey
Introduction to the English-language literature on Chinese history through the Song dynasty. Recommended: either HSTAS 452 or equivalent.
Instructor Course Description: Patricia B. Ebrey

HSTAS 552 Seminar in Chinese History: Earliest Times to 1276 ([3-6]-, max. 12) Ebrey
Methods and materials for research in early imperial Chinese history. Prerequisite: reading knowledge of classical Chinese; recommended: either HSTAS 452, HSTAS 550, HSTAS 551, or equivalent.
Instructor Course Description: Patricia B. Ebrey

HSTAS 553 Seminar in Chinese History: Earliest Times to 1276 (-[3-6]-, max. 12) Ebrey
Methods and materials for research in early imperial Chinese history. Prerequisite: reading knowledge of classical Chinese; recommended: either HSTAS 452, HSTAS 550, HSTAS 551, or equivalent.
Instructor Course Description: Patricia B. Ebrey

HSTAS 554 Seminar in Chinese History: Earliest Times to 1276 (-[3-6], max. 12) Ebrey
Methods and materials for research in early imperial Chinese history. Prerequisite: reading knowledge of classical Chinese; recommended: either HSTAS 452, HSTAS 550, HSTAS 551, or equivalent.

HSTAS 555 Core Research Seminar in Chinese History (5-, max. 10) I&S
An introduction to research practices in Chinese history and exemplary recent works.

HSTAS 556 Core Research Seminar in Chinese History (-5, max. 10) I&S
An introduction to research practices in Chinese history and exemplary recent works.
Instructor Course Description: Patricia B. Ebrey

HSTAS 560 Field Course in Chinese History: 1276-1895 ([3-6]-, max. 6) Guy
Introduction to the English-language literature on the Yuan, Min, and Qing dynasties. Recommended: either HSTAS 453 or equivalent.
Instructor Course Description: Patricia B. Ebrey R Kent Guy

HSTAS 561 Field Course in Chinese History: 1276-1895 (-[3-6], max. 6) Guy
Introduction to the English-language literature on the Yuan, Min, and Qing dynasties. Recommended: either HSTAS 453 or equivalent.

HSTAS 562 Seminar in Chinese History: 1268-1895 ([3-6]-, max. 12) Guy
Materials and methods for research in imperial Chinese history. Prerequisite: reading knowledge of Chinese; recommended: either HSTAS 453, HSTAS 560, HSTAS 561, or equivalent.

HSTAS 563 Seminar in Chinese History: 1268-1895 (-[3-6]-, max. 12) Guy
Materials and methods for research in imperial Chinese history. Prerequisite: reading knowledge of Chinese; recommended: either HSTAS 453, HSTAS 560, HSTAS 561, or equivalent.

HSTAS 564 Seminar in Chinese History: 1268-1895 (-[3-6], max. 12) Guy
Materials and methods for research in imperial Chinese history. Prerequisite: reading knowledge of Chinese; recommended: either HSTAS 453, HSTAS 560, HSTAS 561, or equivalent.

HSTAS 566 Islam, Mysticism, Politics, and Performance in Indonesia (5)
Examines how Indonesia, the world's fourth most-populous country, with the largest Islamic population, weaves together local practices and influence from India and Persia. Offers ways of understanding modern Indonesian performing arts, religion, and politics. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 586.
Instructor Course Description: Laurie J Sears

HSTAS 572 Seminar in Twentieth Century Chinese History (-[3-6], max. 12) Dong
Materials and methods for research in imperial Chinese history. Prerequisite: reading knowledge of Chinese; recommended: either HSTAS 453, HSTAS 560, HSTAS 561, or equivalent.

HSTAS 573 Seminar in Twentieth Century Chinese History ([3-6]-, max. 12) Dong
Materials and methods for research in twentieth-century Chinese history. Prerequisite: knowledge of Chinese and permission of instructor.

HSTAS 574 Seminar in Twentieth Century Chinese History (-[3-6]-, max. 12) Dong
Materials and methods for research in twentieth-century Chinese history. Prerequisite: knowledge of Chinese and permission of instructor.

HSTAS 575 Seminar in Chinese History: Modern Period (-[3-6], max. 12)
Research seminar in modern Chinese history. Training in the materials and methods of research, and preparation of extended research papers. Prerequisite: HSTAS 571-572 or permission of instructor and reading knowledge of Chinese.

HSTAS 579 Modern Chinese History (5)
Introduction to the major English-language literature on modern Chinese history and to the major historiographical issues of the period. Prerequisite: HSTAS 454 or equivalent, and permission of instructor. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 576.

HSTAS 581 Modern Korean History (3-6, max. 6)
Field course. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

HSTAS 582 Seminar in Korean History ([3-6]-, max. 12)
Selected topics in Korean history and historiography.

HSTAS 583 Seminar in Korean History (-[3-6]-, max. 12)
Selected topics in Korean history and historiography.

HSTAS 584 Seminar in Korean History (-[3-6], max. 12)
Selected topics in Korean history and historiography.

HSTAS 590 Topics in History (5, max. 15)
Seminar on selected topics in general history, with special emphasis on preparation for field examinations. Topics vary according to interests of students and instructor.
Instructor Course Description: Patricia B. Ebrey Jenq-Neng Hwang Laurie J Sears R Kent Guy Yue Dong