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Willamette University

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Salem, Oregon 97301

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HIST 118 (TH) East Asian Civilization Since 1800 (1)

An introduction to the histories of China, Korea and Japan from the early 19th century to the present. This course will examine the experience of East Asian civilizations in their encounters with the West and the problems of modernization which followed. Despite their geographic proximity, China, Korea and Japan followed different patterns during much of their history and this course will seek to examine those patterns, with an explicitly comparative approach, in the intellectual, socioeconomic and institutional realms. Readings emphasize literature and historical documents in translation.

Mode of Inquiry: Thinking Historically; Asia Cluster

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: McCaffrey