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HIST 490A/EURO 494A/SISRE 590A Winter Quarter 2005 Course Syllabus The Great Game: The International Rivalry for Central Asia Instructor: Daniel Waugh Office: Smith Hall 103E Office Hours: MTW 9:30-11; and by appointment. E-mail: [email protected] Phone: 206-616-8408 (direct); 206-543-5790 (msg.) Mailbox: Smith Hall 315 (Dept. of History) Personal web page: Course web page: I have posted this syllabus as a Word (.doc) document to: . The URLs to web pages are linked to that version to facilitate access to the materials. Class hours: Monday, 3:30-5:20; January 17 and February 21 are holidays, no class. Location: Thomson Hall 217 Course overview: “The Great Game” popularly refers to the international rivalries for control of Central Asia, especially in the second half of the nineteenth and early 20 th centuries and primarily between the British and Russian empires. Here we will somewhat broaden the scope of the topic to include other political actors (notably China). The geographic focus will be the region from Iran to Xinjiang and from Kazakhstan to Afghanistan, Northern Pakistan and Northern India, and, to a lesser degree, Tibet, the Caucasus and western part of the Middle East on the one end and Mongolia and Manchuria on the other. Our period will begin early in the 19 th century and extend to ca. 1930. We will be examining not only geopolitical issues but also the history of exploration and the competition for the discovery and acquisition of cultural relics. To a substantial degree the course will focus on individuals and their biographies, since part of the interest in the Great Game is in those personal stories. Students will be encouraged to read critically and bring to bear insights from post-colonial critiques of the records left by Europeans. However, the course makes no pretense of being an exercise in post-colonial criticism. The course is a seminar involving substantial reading, the regular writing of papers and preparation of reports for class (and in one or two cases on-line) discussion. Readings will include both the secondary literature and primary source accounts by the various actors in the drama and will be drawn principally from the few books ordered for class purchase and from the substantial list of books (most on one-week reserve) in the Odegaard Undergraduate Library. With the possible exception of the first day class, the instructor will not be lecturing. The success of the enterprise will depend primarily on
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whether you, the students, do the work on time and come to class prepared to talk. This course is being offered for the third time, but its content and design can still be considered “work in progress.” This is the last time Prof. Waugh will offer it.
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