Modernity and the State in East Asia

Comparative political history of the major East Asian countries in the period from the Opium War to the 1990s.

Four main course objectives:
(i) to give a basic grounding in the history of modern East Asia and to challenge the preconceptions surrounding Western perceptions of the region;
(ii) to provide students with an example of how one region's history can be subject to a number of sharply contrasting interpretations;
(iii) to demonstrate the necessity to see national history not just as a reflection of political events but as a total history reflecting social, economic and diplomatic pressures;
(iv) to show the value of comparative history for studying trends within a specific region.
In addition, the course is designed to assist in acquiring the skills outlined in the department’s ‘Learning History, Learning Skills’ document, which each student receives at the beginning of the academic year.


HY235Week1 [Week 1: East Asia c. 1800]
HY235Week2 [Week 2: The Great Rebellions]
HY235Week3 [Week 3]
HY235Week4 [Week 4]
HY235Week5 [Week 5]
HY235Week7 [Week 7]
HY235Week8 [Week 8]
HY235Week9 [Week 9]
HY235Week10 [Week 10]
HY235Week11 [Week 11]


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