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HIST 210 The Far East in the Modern World • 5 Cr.


Examines the roles of China, India, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia in 20th-century economic, political, and cultural affairs. Students gain understanding of the region's cultures and value systems and its emergence from the age of colonial rule to modern independent states. May be used as social science or humanities credit, not both, at BC.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Successful students will analyze relevant causes and effects through the media of written essays and oral analysis.
  • Successful students will present accurate timelines in written and oral analysis, such as exams or extended essays including oral discussion, tests and paper, and describe the major cultural trends.
  • Successful students will describe and explain significant events and individuals.
  • Successful students will evaluate evidence and construct cogent logical arguments in written exams, essays, and verbally that indicates its importance to historical circumstances.
  • Successful students will investigate primary source material and assess it in historical context.
  • Successful students will draw inferences from discrete data.
  • Successful students will recognize and assess historiographical debates and problems.
  • Successful students will apply appropriate historical methods and terminology in essays and oral discussion.
  • Identify the general pattern of major Asian states, including their political system; socio-economic conditions; cultural traditions and beliefs at the beginning of the modern period(c. 1800).
  • Describe and explain the rise of Western interest in Asia in the modern period-including Portuguese, Dutch, French, British, Russian and American expansion form c. 1800 onwards.
  • Describe and explain the reactions of major Asian policies to the arrival of Western commercial interests in places such as India, China, Indo-China and Japan.
  • Describe and explain the rise of modern Asian nationalism in the major states, including but not limited to, India, China, Japan, Vietnam, and Korea.
  • Identify the major conflicts and crises which beset Asia during the age of 19th century imperialism and analyze the role of Asia in the global conflicts of the 20th century and the impact of these conflicts on Asian countries.
  • Describe and explain the main changes in the major states of Asia since the Second World War, including but not limited to the emergence of independent states such as India, Pakistan and Bangladesh; the emergence of the Peoples’ Republic of China; Taiwan; Korea: Vietnam.
  • Describe explain the crises and conflicts confronting the major Asian countries in the contemporary world – including, but not limited to, the problems of modernization in countries such as China, India, Korea, Japan; demographic problems; environmental developments; the place of modern Asian states in the global balance of the late 20th century.
  • Recognize the manner in which the historical traditions of Asian societies has shaped the present condition of modern Asian countries and the on-going tensions between the drive for the modernization and tradition which continues to inform the history these countries.

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