Syllabus

Introduction: Asia Rising

I. Ancient Asia

A. Core Philosophies & Religions

  • Hinduism
  • Buddhism
  • The Warring States Period & the 100 Schools: Daoism & Confucianism
  • Shinto

B. The Flourishing of Asian Culture

  • China – The Tang Dynasty & the flourishing of poetry & art
  • Japan – The Heian Dynasty & the flourishing of aristocratic culture
  • India – The Mughal Dynasty & the flourishing of art & architecture

II. The Making of Modern Asia

  • India – India under the Raj
  • China – the Opium Wars, Taiping Rebellion, Boxer Rebellion
  • Japan – Fall of the Shogunate & the Meiji Transformation

III. The Rise of Modern Asia

  • India – Indian Nationalism, Gandhi & the end of the Raj
  • China – Chinese Nationalism, Chinese Communism, Civil War, China under Mao
  • Japan – Rise of modern Japan, War & Aftermath

 

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