R Kent Guy
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 HSTAS 348.
Comparison of the development and decline of the early modern empires of Asia from the seventeenth through the early twentieth centuries. Primary focus will be on China during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), and post Petrine Russsia.
Student learning goals
1. Providing a general background in Chinese and Ruissian history.
2. Offering some comparisons between the countries.
3. Providing students with examples of comparative history writing
4. Providing instruction in the writing of comparative history
General method of instruction
Lectures, in class discussions, in class essays, and essays prepared out of class.
One course in either modern European, Chinese or Russian history recommended but not required.
Class assignments and grading
Students will be expected to reads textbook and primary source readings, write three 5-7 page essays during the quarter.
Grade will be the average of the three papers, with n additional factor for class participation