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.
The purpose of this introductory course is to acquire a broad and general understanding of the development of Chinese civilization starting from the earliest period of archaeological evidence to the contemporary times. Special emphasis will be placed upon the heterogeneity and change of Chinese civilization and how the various intellectual, religious and ethnic influences throughout the centuries shaped Chinese culture and identity.
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Class assignments and grading
Participation; normally midterm exam and two take-home exams.