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Term Subject Catalog # Title Credits / Units
Summer 2022 HIS 218 History of the Modern Asia 4 cr.
Class Session Time Syllabus
1 5-week summer Mon - Fri HIS-218


This course is an investigation of the development of Asia in the aspect of politics, society, culture and economy. We will focus on India, China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia, including the Philippines during four periods: the early modernity of the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries; the age of empires in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; the rise of the nation-state in the first half of the twentieth century; and the new postwar order in the twentieth century. Emphasis will be placed on events taking place after 1850 (change in Japan; India’s independence from colonial Britain; the rise of Nationalism and Communism in China and Vietnam; World War II in Asia; China’s economic growth after the war). After the completion of the course, students should be able to describe the major political, economic, social and cultural characteristics of the emphasized countries in Asia.