History of East Asia, 1800-present

The purpose of this course is to explore how China, Japan, and Korea transformed from powerful civilizations into modern nations through increasing regional and global interactions. This class introduces the political, cultural, and economic structures of the three major civilizations, after which we will study how these civilizations struggled to preserve or regain their independence and establish their own national identities in a rapidly changing modern world. Throughout the course, we will focus both upon the distinctive identities of each of these nations as well as their regional interactions, taking note of how these interactions gave the region a coherent shape.