HIST 249 20th Century East Asia
Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism in China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan
Instructor: Dr. Paul Barclay
Course Description: This course has three aims. First, students will gain a basic understanding of how East Asia’s four major states—China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan—adapted to the forces of global integration and regional conflict between 1850 and 1945. Second, students will learn how to analyze the histories of these four nations by considering how regional, national and biographical units of analysis can be brought to bear on the problem of empire, colonialism, and state-formation. Finally, this course will familiarize students with recent trends in historical scholarship on modern East Asia, and introduce them to the tools of social and cultural analysis that inform the contemporary study of the global past.