- Code ASIA2044
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Culture History and Language
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Asian Studies
- Areas of interest Asian Languages, Cultural Studies, History, Asia Pacific Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
- Co-taught Course
Much of the world's history has been shaped by experiences of empires. Even after the collapse of the major historic imperial powers during the second half of the twentieth century, the legacies of those empires continue to shape contemporary life. And historians and political analysts still talk in terms of - and seek to redefine - imperialism in reference to present polities.
China is central to such discourses on imperial power: it offers a particularly rich body of historical evidence for the practice of empire. This introductory course will therefore assess that evidence and survey the great drama of Chinese attempts to bring under single control and preserve the unity of its vast territories, so varied ethnically, culturally, and geographically. It will take in the full sweep of China’s imperial past: it will start in the third century BC, when the foundations of the imperial system were consolidated; it will reach into the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, when encounters with Western powers forced a radical reappraisal of the Chinese imperial system. Dividing this broad chronological scope into three periods - early China, medieval China, and late imperial China - it will offer a sense of larger changes and continuities over time. Within each period, it will bring into sharp focus the social, cultural, and political arenas in which Chinese empire was developed and maintained.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Identify the major themes and issues in imperial Chinese history.
- Apply a broad theoretical knowledge of Chinese history and historiography to specific empirical examples.
- Demonstrate the critical skills necessary to locate, synthesise, and interpret information on imperial Chinese history, from a variety of sources.
- Deploy the analytic faculties necessary to produce and defend an argument, with particular relation to the key concepts and bodies of learning in imperial Chinese history.
- Show skills of communication, both through oral presentations and written assignments, that enable the explication of research findings to an audience of contemporaries
This is a co-taught course. Any cap on enrolments in one course applies to both courses combined.
- Factual quizzes (20) [LO 1,2,3]
- Tutorial presentations and debates (30) [LO 1,3,4,5]
- Short critiques (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Research essay (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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WorkloadWeekly load of four hours: one -two -hour lectures and one two-hour tutorial, total workload for the course is 130 hours including independent study.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Hansen, Valerie, The Open Empire: A History of China to 1600, New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2000.
Strunk, William Jr. and White, E.B., The Elements of Style, New York: Macmillan, 3rd edn., 1979 (or later editions)
Supplementary materials will appear on Wattle.
Preliminary ReadingHansen, Valerie, The Open Empire: A History of China to 1600, New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2000.
Strunk, William Jr. and White, E.B., The Elements of Style, New York: Macmillan, 3rd edn., 1979 (or later editions).
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