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History 241

Professor Hastings

Spring 2014

East Asia in the Modern World
Purposes of the Course: To convey information about the politics and societies of China, Japan, and Korea; to instill an appreciation of other cultures; and to create an understanding of historical methods.

Throughout the course, we will be thinking about the relationship between state and society. The fourth century BCE Chinese philosopher Mencius articulated the moral imperative for rulers to govern on behalf of the people when he said, “Heaven sees as the people see.” The success of the Japanese state in establishing a “strong and wealthy nation” was envied and emulated in other East Asian nations. Opponents of the Meiji state launched a movement for “Freedom and People’s Rights,” echoing the ideals of Western philosophers. As we review the events of the last century and a half in East Asia, let us use these sayings and slogans as touchstones on the ideals of good government, national aspirations, and individual rights.

Required Texts:

Ebrey, Patricia Buckley, and Anne Walthall. Modern East Asia from 1600: A Cultural, Social, and Political History, 3rd Edition. Wadsworth Cengage, 2013. [Ordered for University Bookstore and Follett’s]

Short Stories Available from Purdue Libraries Electronic Resources and on Blackboard:

Mori Ogai, “Maihime” (Dancing Girl), Monumenta Nipponica 30.2 (Summer 1975):151-166. [1890]

Higuchi Ichiyō, “The Thirteenth Night,” Monumenta Nipponica 16.3-4 (October 1960/January 1961):377-394. [1895]

Kunikida Doppo, “Bird of Spring” (Haru no Tori), Monumenta Nipponica 26.1-2 (1971):195-203. [1904]

Ch’ae Man-shik, “A Ready-Made Life” (Redimeideu Insaeng), Korea Journal 33.4 (1993):89-108. [1934]

Yi Hyo-Sok, “Buckwheat Season,” Korea Journal 9.11 (1969):4-10. [1936]

Yi Sang, “A Discontinued Knot,” Korea Journal 8.9 (1968):22-25. [1936]

Zhang Hong, “Outsider,” Manoa 1.1/2 (1989):95-105.

Ma Yuan, “Black Road,” Manoa 15.2 (2003):74-82.

Zhang Kangkang, “Yanni’s Secret,” Manoa 17.1 (2005):1-16.


Next to each date is a title for the day’s lecture or activity. Under each lecture title are the readings that correspond to that lecture. If you ever have to miss a class, be sure to do the readings even more carefully than usual. Activities in which you have to perform are in capital letters.

Part I: The Age of Western Imperialism

January 14 Introduction to the Course

Introduction to East Asia

Western Imperialism and East Asia

Ebrey et al., xvii-xxii; 305-313 (optional).
January 16 China in 1800

Ebrey et al., 270-287 (optional).

January 21 China in Decline (1800-1900)

Ebrey et al., 314-332.

January 23 Japan in 1800

Ebrey et al., 288-303 (optional).

January 28 Japan in Turmoil, 1800-1867

Ebrey et al., 333-346.

January 30 Meiji Transformation, 1868-1900

Ebrey et al., 347-362.

February 4 Learning from Literature

“Meiji Transformation”

Prepare for quiz on short stories
February 6 QUIZ: Short stories by Mori Ōgai, Higuchi Ichiyō, and Kunikida Doppo

“Rich Country, Strong Military”

February 11 Korea in 1800

Ebrey et al., 247-263.

February 13 Korea in the Turbulent Nineteenth Century
Ebrey et al., 363-379.
Part II: East Asia and the Modern World

February 20 Rise of Modern Japan

Ebrey et al., 382-399.
February 25 Modernizing Korea and Colonial Rule

Ebrey et al., 400-414.

February 27 Learning from Literature

“Korean arts & lifestyle 2: The clothes, foods, and houses of Korea

Prepare for quiz on short stories
March 4 QUIZ: Short Stories by Ch’ae Man-shik, Yi Hyo-Sok, and Yi Sang

“Senso Daughters”

March 6 Remaking China, 1900-1927

Ebrey et al., 415-429.

March 11 China: War and Revolution

Ebrey et al., 439-454.

March 13 Japan: Road to War

Ebrey et al., 456-461.

March 25 World War II in Asia
Ebrey et al., 430-438.
March 27 “Wings of Defeat”
Part III: Divergent Paths, Strong and Wealthy Nations

April 3 Japan: Aftermath of War

Ebrey et al., 461-471.
April 8 China Under Mao, 1949-1976

Ebrey et al., 472-489.

April 10 China Since Mao, 1976 to the Present

Ebrey et al., 524-539.

April 15 Learning from Literature

Prepare for quiz on short stories

“China Inside Out”
April 17 QUIZ: Short Stories by Ma Yuan, Zhang Hong, and Zhang Kangkang

“South Korea: The Struggle for Democracy”

April 22 Korea , 1945 to Present

Ebrey et al., 490-508.

April 24 Contemporary Japan, 1965 to the Present

Ebrey et al., 510-523.

April 29 Other States: Taiwan, North Korea

Ebrey et al., 538-539.

May 1 East Asia Today

Ebrey et al., 540-544.

1. There will be three examinations, one on February 18, one on April 1, and one on the day scheduled for the final examination in this course. Each will count 20% of the final grade. If because of serious illness or some other personal emergency, you have to miss an examination, be sure to notify Professor Hastings by e-mail before the examination begins. Examinations, quizzes, and participation exercises in this course are closed book. In this course, the instructors will provide paper for the examination; during the examination, as during quizzes and participation exercises, you should have no paper on your desk other than that provided. Neither should you use any electronic device. Number grades are assigned on the assumption that 98-100=A+, 93-97=A, 90-92=A-, 88-89=B+, 83-87=B, 80-82, B-, 78-79=C+, 73-77=C, 70-72=C-, 68-69=D+, 63-67=D, 60-62=D-.

2. There will be three quizzes on short stories, each of which will count 10% of the final grade. There will be a review sheet for each one. The dates are as follows:

February 6, Short Stories by Mori Ōgai, Higuchi Ichiyō, and Kunikida Doppo;

March 4, Short Stories by Ch’ae Man-shik, Yi Hyo-Sok, and Yi Sang;

April 17, Short Stories by Ma Yuan, Zhang Hong, and Zhang Kangkang.

3. PARTICIPATION: 10% of the final grade. This portion of the grade rewards students for attending class in an engaged manner, for participating in Asia-related campus events, and for showing consideration and respect for your fellow students. There will be at least 8 activities that contribute to this grade (most in-class, but we reserve the right to have some on-line), each of which will be graded on a scale of 0-10. Normally, we will count your best six scores plus your attendance. Points may be lowered or denied for academic dishonesty, rudeness, or lack of consideration.

According to Purdue University regulations, students are expected to be present for every meeting of the classes in which they are enrolled. Because the policy in this course allows you such a generous number of absences, there will be no make-ups for any of the participation exercises. If because of a special university activity, serious illness, or some other personal circumstance, you have recurring absences, be sure to notify the instructor in writing in advance.

As a courtesy to everyone involved in the classroom experience, please arrive at class promptly, refrain from carrying on private conversations during the lecture, and turn off cell phones before class.

The Dean of Liberal Arts asks: Please respect the different experiences, beliefs and values expressed by everyone in this course. Behaviors that threaten, harass, discriminate or that are disrespectful of others will not be tolerated. Inappropriate behaviors will be addressed with disciplinary action, which may include being referred to the Office of the Dean of Students. Please visit Purdue’s Nondiscrimination policy for more information: http://www.purdue.edu/purdue/ea_eou_statement.html

4. It goes without saying that everything you write in this course should be in your own words.

5. Students are expected to adhere to the highest standards of academic integrity. The Dean of Students’ Office provides a useful guide entitled "Academic Integrity: A Guide for Students" (http://www.purdue.edu/ODOS/osrr/integrity.htm). Punishments for students found guilty of academic dishonesty include punitive grading, report to the Dean of Students’ Office, warning from the Dean of Students’ Office, probation, probated suspension, suspension, or expulsion.
1. There will be Blackboard Learn for this course. http://www.itap.purdue.edu/tlt/blackboard/ Check for announcements.

2. EMERGENCY PROCEDURE: If Purdue University is open, this course will meet. In the event of a major campus emergency, it may be necessary to make changes in course requirements, deadlines, and grading percentages; any such changes will be announced on Blackboard Learn.

3. EVALUATIONS: Purdue University is phasing in an online course evaluation system. During the fifteenth week of the semester, you will receive an official e-mail with a link to the course evaluation site. You are encouraged to participate.
Professor Hastings, sahnolte@purdue.edu

Mail: Department of History, 231 University Hall; Office: UNIV 021, 765-494-4132.

Office Hours: Tuesday, 1:30-2:30 p.m.; Thursday, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Teaching Assistants:

Ms. Park, "Haeseong Park"

Office: Recitation 404. Hours: Thursday 8:00-10:00 a.m.

Mr. Bell, "Andrew W Bell" <bell64@purdue.edu>

Office: Recitation 402. Hours: Wednesday, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

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