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R Kent Guy
HSTAS 348
Seattle Campus

Alternative Routes to Modernity

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.

Class description

This course will compare Russian and Chinese history from the Fall of the Mongols to the formation of current governments.

Student learning goals

1. Learn the Narrative of chinese and Russian History

2. Develop skills of historical comparison.

3. Practice writing skills, including: summarizing material for comparison, formulating comparative hypotheses, summarizing primary material.

4. Reflect on the legacies of th epast in the present.

General method of instruction

Classes will include lectures, class discussion, in-class writing exercises and peer review exercises.

Recommended preparation

No pre-requisites. Some knowledge of Russian or Chinese history desirable.

Class assignments and grading

There will be two short papers and one long paper. There will be no final examination.

Paper grades, class participation.


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 R Kent Guy
Date: 03/16/2011