History 80: East Asian Civilization
Spring Quarter 2008
T-TH 9:30-10:45, Buchanan Hall, 1910
Sections as assigned.
Instructor: Anthony Barbieri-Low
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Office Hours: Tues. 12:30-2:30
Christopher B. Dewell;
Joshua T. Hoffman;
This course surveys the long history of East Asian Civilization,
from the beginnings of agriculture in the Neolithic Period to the upheavals of the modern
The main geographic focus is on China and Japan, with occasional reference to
developments in Korea and Vietnam.
Themes followed throughout the course include
state formation, social and cultural history, material and visual culture, and the
relationship between law and society.
This is a great deal of material to cover in one
quarter, but hopefully you will finish this course with a greater appreciation of
unique and shared features of these East Asian cultures, and a general knowledge of their
(available at UCSB bookstore or online stores, and on reserve)
Patricia Buckley Ebrey, Anne Walthall, James B. Palais.
East Asia: A Cultural,
Social, and Political History.
New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2006.
Patricia Buckley Ebrey, ed.
Chinese Civilization: A Sourcebook.
York: The Free Press, 1993.
Readings with the label (PDF) will be available on the course website, linked
from the UCSB History department website.
Come to section prepared to discuss the readings in the textbook, the primary
sources in the sourcebook, as well as the lectures or movies of the preceding
Attendance in section is mandatory and a major portion of your section
Two four-page essays (40%, 20% each)
Sectional grade (attendance/participation & other requirements determined by TA) 30%
In-class final exam (30%)
: You must earn a passing grade in section to pass the course.
words, if you do not have a passing grade in section, you cannot pass the course,