This course examines the place of empire in shaping the history of Asia. It asks what makes empires distinct, how they were constructed and held together, how they operated in theory and practice, and why they disintegrated or transitioned into other forms. It takes a broad historical approach to empire that includes native Asian polities, the rise of European colonialism in the region, and the legacies of empire in postcolonial Asia. It examines the political, economic and ideological drivers of empire and resistance, as well as the impact of empire on the lives of the ruled and the rulers.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Understand and describe how historians have approached the study of empire in Asia;
2. Understand and be able to use skills foundational to the study of history;
3. Evaluate how the study of Asia has influenced the discipline of history;
4. Critically use concepts and tools from the discipline of history to develop, review, analyze and synthesise knowledge about Asia.
Indicative AssessmentContribution to discussion (10%); two article summaries – 500 words each, 10% each – (20%); long essay (2,500 words) (30%); Two-hour exam (40%).
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Workload1 x 2 hour lecture, 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week, estimated 7 hours per week study and preparation
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