• Two Thousand Years of Sino-foreign Cultural Exchanges
    • School of Humanities
    • Credit. 2
    • CL025
    • PAUSE
    • Fall , 2016
    • 764
    • Course Description:
    • ( Exchange Programme )
    • This course investigates cultural exchanges between China and the outside world during the past two thousand years. It will cover various topics, including the Silk Road trades, the receptions of Buddhism, Muslim and Christianity, the spread of Chinese inventions to the Old World, Admiral Zheng He’s navigation during the 14th century and etc. The goal of this course is to demonstrate that even though China is geographically isolated from the rest of Eurasia by mountains, deserts and oceans, Chinese civilization managed to engage in important cultural exchanges with other major civilizations via land and ocean routes, and that had significant impacts both to the development of China and the world.
      This Course is open to both international and domestic students, aiming to improve cross-cultural understandings.
    • Course Syllabus:
    • Section 1: From the Origin to the Tang Dynasty
      Week 1: Geography of China/Chinese Imperial System/Chinese Writing System
      Readings:Hansen 3-10
      Week 2: Relations between Qin-Han China (221B.C.-A.D.220 ) and Xiongnu (Huns) beyond the Great Wall
      Readings:Hansen 112-49
      Week 3: The Fall of the Han Imperial Order and the Fragmentation of China
      Readings: Hansen 175-85
      Week 4: The Rise of Sui-Tang (589-907) Cosmopolitanism
      Readings:Hansen 191-230
      Week 5: Silk Road I-Trade and the Spread of Technology
      Readings: Hansen 170-75
      Week 6: Silk Road II-Buddhism, Islam, Persian Religion and Arts
      Readings: Hansen 153-70,185-89
      Week 7: Field Trip

      Section Two: Song and Yuan
      Week 8: The Fall of the Tang Imperial Order and the Fragmentation of China
      Readings:None
      Week 9: Song, Liao and Jin:cultural exchanges within China
      Readings: Hansen 261-300
      Week 10: Maritime Trade
      Readings: None
      Week 11: Yuan and the Mongol Empire
      Readings: None
      Week 12: Silk Road III-Islam and Nestorian Christianity
      Readings: None

      Section Three: Ming and Qing
      Week 13: The Fall of the Mongol Empire and the Rise of Ming
      Readings:Hansen 369-400
      Week 14: Admiral Zheng He’s Navigation
      Readings: None
      Week 15: The First Encounter with the West-Jesuits in Ming and Qing China
      Readings: None
      Week 16: Final Exam
    • Schedule:
  • Reading list
  • Other Materials
  • Discussion
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    • Zhaoyang Zhang
    • Associate Professor
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    • Male
    • E-mail:
    • zzy001@sjtu.edu.cn
    • Profile
    • Zhang Zhaoyang had his Ph.D. in history from University of California at Berkeley in 2010. He is an associate professor in the department of history, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Having many publications in leading domestic and international journals, he has very broad research interests, which include history of Sino-foreign cultural exchanges, Chinese legal history, social history and etc.
  • Prerequisite Course:

    No

  • Textbooks:

    TBD
  • Grading:

    Classroom performance (30%)
    Final Exam (70%)
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