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Starting around 1000 CE, this subject surveys some broad historical trends in the areas of religion, trade, imperialism and colonialism, political movements, war and conflicts, technology, art, and economic developments. It is geographically eclectic, examining the development of ideas and movements of peoples across Asia, Europe, the Americas and the Middle East. Case studies will illustrate in more detail the complexities of daily life during this exciting and lengthy phase of global activities. The teaching focus will be on training in foundational academic skills: critical thinking; document analysis and précis; and basic academic writing.
The subject will explore major political events and socio-economic change in China after the proclamation of the Peoples Republic in 1949. The impact of these events is still felt in China today and has influenced her relationship with Asian neighbours, Australia and the United States. Events that the subject will explore include the Great Leap Forward, the Cultural Revolution, economic reforms, Tiananmen Square Incident, Chinese foreign policy, environment issues, government and resurgent nationalism. Students will also be introduced to current events so that they will understand political and social changes in China today.
This subject will explore key themes in the political and socio-economic history of Asia (except China, as these themes are covered by HIST252) since the late 19th century. It examines the impact of colonialism, nationalist/revolutionary movements, military conflict, political developments and socio-economic change. It also examines patterns of transitions in Asian societies and cultures. Emphasis is placed on the development of modern Asian states through de-colonisation, war, economic development and circumstances leading to the rise of the ‘Asian Century’ by 2000. The subject will help students understand Asia better by showing the relevance of historical events for the 21st century.