Patricia B. Ebrey
Each seminar examines a different subject or problem. A quarterly list of the seminars and their instructors is available in the Department of History undergraduate advising office.
After considering the controversies surrounding Marco Polo's book, students will begain a research project drawing on the book and other translated primary sources, such as other travellers' accounts, other sources for the Mongols, and so on.
Student learning goals
Deeper understanding of travelers' accounts as a historical source
Deeper understanding of the Eurasian world in the thirteenth century
General method of instruction
Discussion of readings and student presentations of their research
Some background in Chinese, Central Asian, or European medieval history would be useful.
Class assignments and grading
Discuss readings and make reports on progress on research project.
40 % participation, 60% research paper