Modern Asia (HIST*2910) | College of Arts

Modern Asia (HIST*2910)

Code and section: HIST*2910*01

Term: Winter 2022

Instructor: Jesse Palsetia


Method of Delivery: 

The class structure will follow a blended format of synchronous (in class) and asynchronous lectures. Asynchronous meetings will be on Zoom. All students are expected to attend both parts of the format.

Course Synopsis:  

Modern Asia provides a comparative overview and analysis of the political, social and economic development of India, China and Japan in the modern period from the 17th century to the present day. A major part of the course will examine the impact of imperialism in Asia; Asian attempts at modernization; and the development of India, China, and Japan as nations in the twentieth century. The course will address the unique development of the three civilizations and countries, as well as historical developments they share in common as part of the history of modern Asia. 

Methods of Evaluation and Weights:

Document Study (15%) 
Mid-term Test (25%) 
Research Paper Term Paper (30%) 
Final Exam (30%)

Texts and/or Resources Required:

Barbara D. Metcalf and Thomas R. Metcalf, A Concise History of Modern India. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002. ISBN: 0521639743. (Textbook)
Available as electronic resource at:

Patricia Ebrey and Anne Walthall, Modern East Asia: From 1600 A Cultural, Social, and Political History. Third Edition (Boston: Wadsworth, 2014). ISBN 13: 978-1-133-60649-9. ISBN 10: 1-133-60649-0 (Available at U of G Bookstore and internet sales sites.

**Please note: This is a preliminary website description only. The department reserves the right to change without notice any information in this description. The final, binding course outline will be distributed in the first class of the semester.**