Introduction to Early Modern East Asia (1500-­‐1800)

Introduction to Early Modern East Asia (1500-­‐1800)

 
Instructor:
Mathias Vigouroux
(mvigouroux@zju.edu.cn)
 

Description:

This course provides a survey of major issues and debates in the historiography of early modern East Asia with a focus on China and Japan. We will begin by locating East Asia in the broader context of the early modern world, questioning the significance of “early modern”, and “East Asia”. The semester will be organized into units, each devoted to a particular theme that will ultimately give students a comprehensive yet detailed grasp of major issues related to China and Japan early modern historical, economic, and cultural development. Themes includeChina and Japan knowledge of the world, foreign contacts, Confucianism,the introduction of Western science, and the development of consumerism.
 
Week I    Introduction
Week II  Europe and Maritime Asia
Week III Diplomacy and Cultural Encounters between East Asia Countries
Week IV Civil Examination and The Scholars
Week V  Society, Economy and Confucianism
Week VI Jesuits in Asia
Week VII Introduction of Western Science (Astronomy)
Week VIII Introduction of Western Science (Anatomy) / Conclusion
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