This course examines how and why empires were constructed, how they were stitched together, how rulers and the ruled interacted, and how and why empires disintegrated or were transformed into other forms. The course will take a number of examples, including the earlier empires that established Asia’s reputation for imperial power and grandeur as well as Western colonial empires. It will consider the ways in which empires end, including decolonization and transformation into nation states. It will examine the ideologies of empire, political, military and cultural repression and resistance, and the memory of empire in the modern world. The course will also deal with issues such as the role of gender, class and ethnicity in empire, the impact of empire on language, culture, religion, the economy, the environment, and the relationship between art and empire.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Having completed this course students will be able to:
- Describe how historians have approached the study of Asia;
- Critically use concepts and tools from the discipline of history to develop, review, analyse and synthesise knowledge about Asia;
- Evaluate how the study of Asia has influenced the discipline of history.
Indicative AssessmentContribution to discussion (10%); two article summaries – 500 words each, 10% each – (20%); long essay (2,000 words) (30%); Two-hour exam (40%).
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Workload1 x 2 hour lecture plus 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week
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Prescribed TextsReading list to be provided in the course outline.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|3392||20 Jul 2015||07 Aug 2015||31 Aug 2015||30 Oct 2015||In Person||N/A|