21H.504 East Asia in the World

Spring 2003

Satellite image of Southeast Asia.
Satellite image of Southeast Asia. (Image courtesy of the MODIS Land Surface Reflectance Science Computing Facility, NASA.)

Course Highlights

This course features, in the study materials section, downloadable readings by the Prof. Perdue that complement the required readings. This course also features archived syllabi from various semesters.

Course Description

This subject examines the interactions of East Asia with the rest of the world and the relationships of each of the East Asian countries with each other, from ca. 1500 to 2000 A.D. Primary focus on China and Japan, with some reference to Korea, Vietnam, and Central Asia. Asks how international diplomatic, commercial, military, religious, and cultural relationships joined with internal processes to direct the development of East Asian societies. Subject addresses perceptions and misperceptions among East Asians and foreigners.
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Prof. Peter C. Perdue

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session