Special Topic: East Asian History 1800s-2000s

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Special Topic: East Asian History 1800s-2000s

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Asian Studies, History

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    18 100-level HIST points or 108 points

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    The concept of East Asian history, tracing the diverse ways in which the Chinese, Japanese and Korean states managed external influence and modernisation over three centuries.

    This paper explores what it means to speak of "East Asian History" and the similarities and differences between the historical trajectories of China, Korea and Japan in the modern era by tracing the diverse ways in which these states managed the intrusion of Western power into their political, economic and cultural realms in the 19th century; pursued national independence in the 20th century; and came to be seen as global economic powers into the 21st century.

    Learning Outcomes
    Students will develop a thorough understanding of the modern history of a pivotal region in Asia.

    Recommended: Holcombe, Charles, A History of East Asia, From the Origins of Civilzation to the Twenty-First Century (Cambridge University Press, 2011).

    In addition, course materials will be made available electronically.

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