History 471/571

China through the Ming

MWF

1:30-2:20

Breland Hall 182

Kenneth J. Hammond

Breland 245

646-1818

khammond@nmsu.edu

 

 

This course covers the history of China from the beginnings of written records around 1500 BCE through the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). We will be concerned with the economic, social, cultural and political development of China, and with China’s relations with the world around it. The class will combine lectures with seminar discussions. Each week there will be lectures on Monday and Wednesday, while Fridays will be devoted to discussion of assigned readings or other questions arising in the course of the semester.

 

There are two assigned texts:

   Valerie Hansen, The Open Empire.

  Victor Mair, et al, eds., The Hawai’i Reader in Traditional Chinese Culture.

The Hansen text provides a narrative overview, while the reader presents primary sources in translation. Each week specific texts from the reader will be assigned. Students will prepare prιcis for these, which will serve as the basis for discussion in the alternate Friday sessions. These short writings and the discussions will account for 30% of the course grade. There will also be a research paper, on a topic to be determined in consultation with me no later than the fourth week of the semester. Research papers should be in the range of 12-15 pages for undergraduate students, and 20-25 pages for graduate students. These will account for 20% of the course grade for undergraduates, and for 70% of the grade for graduate students. Undergraduates will also have midterm and final examinations, which will each account for 25% of the final grade. Graduate students do not take these exams.

 

In accord with NMSU policy academic misconduct will not be tolerated. Plagiarism or any form of cheating will result in failure of the course.

 

If you feel you have any special needs which require accommodation for the successful completion of this course please contact the Office for Services for Students with Disabilities.

 

Course Outline

 

August 22 – Introduction

 

            25 – Geographic setting

                        Reading: Ch. 1

 

            27 – Neolithic origins

 

            29 – The Shang

 

Sept.   01 – Labor Day

 

            03 – The Zhou Conquest

 

            05 – Discussion: Texts 1, 3 & 5

                       

            08 – Spring & Autumn to Warring States

                        Reading: Ch. 2

 

            10 – Confucius & Laozi

 

            12 – Other Schools

 

            15 – Legalism and the Rise of Qin

                        Reading: Ch. 3

 

            17 – Early Han

 

            19 – Discussion: Texts 7, 9, 10[Great Learning], 12 [Classic Book of                                                            Integrity…],18 [Discourse on Ritual], 23.

 

            22 – Buddhism

                        Reading: Ch. 4

 

            24 – Later Han

 

            26 – Three Kingdoms

 

 

            29 – Northern & Southern Dynasties

 

Oct.     01 – Sui & Early Tang

                        Reading: Ch. 5

 

            03 – Discussion: Texts 26, 47

                       

            06 - High Tang

 

Oct.     08 – An Lushan & After

                        Reading: Ch. 6

 

            10 – Han Yu & Late Tang

 

            13 – The Transition from Tang to Song

 

            15 – Northern Song Intellectual Ferment

                        Reading: Ch. 7

 

            17 – Southern Song Economic & Social Developments

 

            20 – Zhu Xi & Daoxue

 

            22 – Discussion: Texts 50, 52, 53, 63, 64.

 

            24 – Midterm exam (undergrads)

 

            27 – Liao & Jin

                        Reading: Ch. 8

 

            29 – The Mongols

                        Reading: Ch. 9

 

            31 – From Yuan to Ming

 

Nov.    03 – The Early Ming

                        Reading: Ch. 10

 

 

            05 – The Ming Economy and Early Globalization

 

            07 – Discussion: Texts 74, 76

 

            10 – Social and cultural change in the mid-Ming

 

            12 – Wang Yangming and his followers

 

            14 – Eunuchs in the Ming

 

            17 – The European entry into China

 

            19 – Crises of the Wanli Reign

 

            21 – Discussion: Texts 71, 72

 

            24-28 Thanksgiving Break

 

Dec.    01 – The Rise of the Manchus

 

            03 – The Donglin & Fushe Movements

 

            05 – The Fall of the Ming

 

            08 – Final Discussion: Texts 71, 77-81

 

Final Examination: Monday Dec. 8, 1:00 - 3:00 pm