900 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301
This course explores the history of Asian empires on the Silk Road such as the Tang dynasty and the Mongol empire. It focuses in particular on intercultural communication and exchange, considering the interactions between societies ranging from the Japanese islands to the steppes of Central Asia. Attention will be paid to significant religious and cultural developments shaping the history of the region, such as the expansion of Buddhism and the spread of a character-based writing system, as well as the evolution of relations between Asia kingdoms and their neighbors.
Mode of Inquiry: Thinking Historically