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East Asian History

HIEA 1501

Introductory Seminar in East Asian History

Cul & Society: Imperial China
Spring 2017

How did ordinary people live their lives in imperial China? What were the ethical demands on men and women of the elite class and the general populace? To what an extent did urban and rural culture differ? How were ideal family relationships and important rites of passage, such as weddings and funerals, articulated and conducted? Who did people turn to when conflicts arose? What was the relationship between local government and local society? This course seeks to answer the above questions and many more through an introduction of scholarly work and a variety of primary sources commonly used by historians of China, ranging from epitaphs to ritual manuals and from legal cases to anecdotal writing. Requirements for the class include active participation in class discussion, a presentation, and four 5-page papers. Assigned reading includes selections from Brian Mcknight and James Liu, The Enlightened Judgements, Jacques Gernet, Daily Life in China on the Eve of the Mongol Invasion, Patricia Ebrey, Inner Quarters: Marriage and the Lives of Chinese Women in the Sung Period, Hong Mai, Record of the Listener, and etc. No prior knowledge of Chinese history is required. This course fulfills the College’s second writing, non-Western, and historical perspective requirements

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Corcoran Department of History
University of Virginia
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