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R Kent Guy
HIST 498
Seattle Campus

Colloquium in History

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.

Class description

How did East and West perceive each other before the twentieth century? This seminar will examine new literature about the cultural encounters between Europeans and non-Europeans before the twentieth century. We will consider particularly the cases of Matteo Ricci and Lord MacCartney in China, and James Cook in Hawaii. We shall try both to establish the new understandings of these events, and to consider the methodologies which make these understandings possible.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Either HSTAS 211 or one of the HIST 111, 112, 113 sequence is desirable, but not required.

Class assignments and grading

Students will be asked to write two 3-5 page papers, each concentrating on one of the cases considered and a 10-15 page paper, which may be an expansion of one of the shorter papers. Short oral reports may be required.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Edmund K. Kamai
Date: 05/26/1999