The Confucian World to 1800
Syllabus for Spring, 2019
ICC 104 / TR, 14:00
text updated as of 09 May 19
H. R. Spendelow 潘克俊, instructor
office hours: ICC
607 / T and R 15:30-17:00, or by
This course examines the interconnected
history of East Asia (China, Japan, and Korea) from the dawn of human
habitation through the end of the 18th century. It explores three
main themes: intellectual and material exchange, differing modes of
economic production, and political stability, both domestically and
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Since the "Confucian" model of ethics,
politics, and social organization is often taken as a defining
characteristic of societies in East Asia, we will start by tracing the
of this system in China and its export to, and transformation by, Japan
and Korea. In addition, we will learn how people in each country
responded to the introduction of Buddhism and Christianity, within the
context of indigenous religious traditions.
Also, we will investigate the shifting balances
between those who make their living in the steppe, forest, or ocean,
who cultivate fields or paddies.
While each of these states experienced frequent
domestic upheavals, relations among them remained remarkably tranquil
(if not close). Only for a few decades in the 7th century, the
Mongol invasion of the late 13th century, and in 1592-1598 were all
three involved in mutual combat. We will look at the factors
which promoted this stability, as well as those that occasionally
Lectures and readings will present a chronological
framework of the development of these three cultures, while much of our
work in class will focus on a close reading of primary texts.
There are no prerequisites, in terms of either background or language.
course has two basic
(1) to present a basic introduction to the traditions and legacies of
early histories and cultures of China, Japan, and Korea including
contradictory, interpretations of these traditions/legacies; and (2) to
use the specific study of this material
as a means for developing more general skills in the discipline of
analysis, as elaborated in the Department's statement of mission and learning
one 2-hour final
examination Fri, 10 May, 16:00 - 18:00) [c. 30%]
- familiarity with all material
presented in lectures, hand-outs, and on the course
- completion of all required
- a two- or three-page
[ungraded] (first-time students
- one 50-minute mid-term
analyses (due 05 Feb, 19 Mar, and 16 Apr) [c. 5% each]
- one short (5-7 pp.) analytical
statement due Tue, 29 Jan [assessed but ungraded]
(draft thesis paragraph and
due Thu, 21 Feb [assessed but ungraded]
paper (final version) due Tue, 23 Apr [c.
Failure to complete any
of the Course Requirements
listed above will result in automatic failure for the course.
- Students are expected to be fully familiar and compliant with the
principles and practices outlined in the Georgetown University Honor
- As of July 2014, it is University policy that "instructional
activities will be maintained during University closures. Faculty members
should prepare for the possibility of an interruption of face-to-face
instruction by establishing a policy within the course syllabus to maintain
instructional continuity in the case of an unforeseen disruption. During a
campus “closure,” the regular class time schedule must be honored by all
campus departments so that students will remain available for those faculty
members who wish to maintain continuous academic progress through
synchronous distance instruction."
Stay tuned as I figure out how best to implement
"synchronous distance instruction"...
A list of recommended
reserve books can be found later in the syllabus. You may
directly access the list of readings which Lauinger
currently has on reserves.
- Ebrey, Patricia, and Anne Walthall. Pre-Modern East Asia to 1800: A
Cultural, Social, and Political History, 3rd ed. (Wadsworth / Cengage, 2014) [ISBN:
- individual readings, to be
In addition, a number of hand-outs are distributed in
class during the course of the semester. Students are responsible for
instructions, guidelines, and other information contained in these
While printed versions will be distributed in class, students can
extra copies from the course
This web-site serves as the definitive source for the effective version
of all course materials.
B. lists of terms
(distributed throughout the semester)
for New Students"
of lectures and readings:
Readings, particularly selections from the basic
texts, should be
before the lecture under which they are listed. Assignments are of
lengths, so plan ahead and pace yourself.
here for the