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IAH 204 Asia in the Age of Empire Professor Charles Keith [email protected] Office hours: Wednesday 2:30- 4:30, Morrill Hall 337
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The focus of this course: 1)A place 1)An idea 1)A skill
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1) The Place: “Asia”: What is it?
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“Asia” is… Several dozen countries Hundreds of ethnic groups and languages More than 60% of the world’s population Two largest countries themselves (China and India) = 2.5 billion people (out of 6.6 billion), and 651 distinct languages. Far bigger and far more diverse than “the West.”
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The face of the future?
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Potential and pitfalls of progress…
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Tensions of the developing world
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Beijing 2008: A moment in East-West relations
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“Asia” in western eyes The Negative Repressive, corrupt politics Unchecked, destructive development Lack of Individualism The “Positive” Ability to work (fear of immigration, outsourcing, “model minority” myth) Capacity for Westernization
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Beijing Olympics: the end of “A Century of Humiliation” China’s modern identity and strong sense of nationalism is inseparable from the legacy of its “humiliation,” real and perceived, at the hands of foreigners, especially the West.
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Beijing Olympics 2008 From Western eyes: symbol of the rise of a powerful, potentially threatening new rival. From Chinese eyes: celebration of China’s new-found economic strength and the end of a “century of humiliation” at the hands of the rest of the world.
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2) The Idea: “Empire”: What is it?
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Empire The reasons for, patterns of, and consequences of interactions between different societies and cultures.
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1) Territorial expansion
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2) Economic Exchange
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3) Cultural Contact
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