Catalogue 2019 - 2020

HIST 375 History of Modern East Asia


3 cr.


Junior standing.

Course Description

This course examines the radical transformation of East Asia over the last 150 years, from humbled nations to world powers. For China, this course begins with the Opium War (1839-1842), after which China was forced to cede Hong Kong to the British; it concludes with the return of Hong Kong in 1997 and rising Western fears over the path China might take as the next superpower. For Japan, this course begins with its "opening" to Western trade in the 1850s, and ends with Japan seeking to find its way in the turbulent economic and cultural currents of the 1990s.