Syllabus

1. January 14: Introduction, One Belt One Road and the New China and the West 

  1. World Economic Forum: Davos 2017 – Opening Plenary with Xi Jinping, President of the Peoples Republic of China

2. January 16: Han Empire and Central Asia: Biography of  Zhang Qian by the Grand Historian (2nd CE)

  1. Sima Qian. Records of Grand Historian [史記]. (Translation Pending)
  2. [Documentary] Han Empire – 01: Opening up of the Silk Road (138 BC) | Hexi Corridor  

3. January 21: Tang Empire and the Travel of Buddhism(7th CE)

  1. Xuanzang [author 玄奘], Li Rongxi (translator). The Great Tang Dynasty Record of the Western Regions. Pp. 3- 40. 
  2. Digital Dunhuang Temple cave’s Buddhist Sutras from the Silk Road. 
  3. Xuanzang through Google Arts and Culture.

4. January 23: Xuanzang’s Journey to India and Central Asia(7th CE) 

  1. Xuanzang [author 玄奘], Li Rongxi (translator). The Great Tang Dynasty Record of the Western Regions. Pp. 285-351 

5. January 28: The Khan of Khans: The Great Tang Empire and the first Chinese in Meditteranean and East Africa (8th CE)

  1. Du Huan [杜環]. Records of Travel [經行記]. (Translation Pending)

5. January 30: Tang China and India Through Arabic Merchants (9th CE)

  1. Sirafi, Abu Zayd Hasan ibn Yazi (Author): Ancient accounts of India and China, by two Mohammedan travelers. Who went to those parts in the 9th century. 1773. Pp. 1-72 

6. February 4: Persian Geographic and Technological Knowledge and Trade Relations with the East (11th CE)

  1. Ibn Khordadbeh (author), Book of Roads and Kingdoms, 1067. (Translation Pending)

7. February 6: From Iraq to China, Arabic-Chinese Geographical Knowledge of the World (14th CE)

  1. Maps of Ibn Battuta’s Journey
  2. Ibn Battuta (author), Samuel Lee (translator). The Travels of Ibn Battuta: In the Near East, Asia, and Africa, 1325-1354. chapter xvii-xxiv. 

8. February 11: Mongol Empire and Travel Through Eurasia, the Account of Two European Christians (12-13th CE)

  1. Travel account of John of Plano Carpini in Christopher Dowson (editor). Mission to Asia, pp. 1-88.
  2. Eurasian Geography and Climate Hazards in Geological Data. Geology of Mongolia vis-a-vis Eurasia.  Seismic data from 2050 BC- today. 

9. February 13: Mongol Empire and Travel Through Eurasia, the Account of Monks and Merchants (13-14th CE)

  1. Examine the Map of William of Rubruck’s Journey
  2. Travel account of William of Rubruck in Christopher Dowson (editor). Mission to Asia, pp. 89-123.

10. February 18: From Beijing to Jerusalem: Nestorian Christian Rabban Sauma and the First Journey to Europe (13th CE)

  1. Morris Rossabi. Voyager from Xanadu: Rabban Sauma and the First Journey from China to the West, pp. 1-70.

February 20: Mid-Term Exam

12. February 25: From Venice to China: Marco Polo Travels to China (13th CE)

  1. Watch the Netflix trailer of Marco Polo, Season 1 and Season 2.
  2. Marco Polo (author) and Ronald Latham (translator). The Travels of Marco Polo, 1958. Pp. 33-162.

13. February 27: A Servant of the Great Mongol Khan: Marco Polo in China (13-14th CE)

  1. Marco Polo (author) and Ronald Latham (translator). The Travels of Marco Polo, 1958. Pp. 162-259.

14. March 3: A Persian Embassy to China (15th CE)

  1. Hafiz-i-Abru (author), K.M. Maitra (translator). A Persian Embassy to China Being an Extract from Zubdatu’t Tawarikh of Hafiz-i-Abru. (All)

15. March 5: Ming China “Discovered” America before Columbus? Its Implications on the East and West Relations. (15th CE) 

  1. Genvin Menezes’ Fantasy Theory: 1421 Chinese Discover America before Europeans
  2. Vice President Mike Pence’s Speech on China in the South Seas

Spring Break. March 9- 13

16. March 17: China in the Age of Discovery: Admiral Zheng He and Journals of His Sailors (15th CE)

  1. Examine the Tribute Gifts Through Google Arts and Culture.
  2. Examine a 3D Reconstruction of Zheng He ships, the earliest use of Canons and Guns, and first maritime compass for the trans-oceanic journey. (Project Pending) 
  3. Excerpts from Zheng He’s Muslim mariners, translators, and soldiers (Translation Pending) 
    1. Fei Xin [費信]. Xincuo Shenglan 星槎勝覽 (The Overall Survey of the Star Raft)
    2. Ma Huan [馬歡]. Yingya Shenglan 瀛涯胜览 (The Overall Survey of the Ocean’s Shores)
    3. Gong Zhen 鞏珍. Xiyang Fanguo Zhi 西洋番國志 [The Annals of Foreign Nations in the Western Ocean]

17. March 19: Jesuit Fathers in China: First General History of China by a European (16-17th CE)

  1. Look up Ricci’s “World Map” (坤与万国全图) through Google Arts and Culture
  2. Matteo Ricci. China in the Sixteenth Century: The Journals of Mathew Ricci: 1583-1610, 1953. Pp. 1-34, 50-62

18. March 24: John Hu: Christianity in China and Early Modern Cross-cultural Encounter (18th CE)

  1. Jonathan Spence, the Question of Hu. Pp.3-43, 70-105.

19. March 31: Chinese Sojourner in Eighteenth-Century European East Indies (19th CE)

  1. Skim through Wikipedia page on “Chinese Indonesian” 
  2. Ong Tae Hae 王大海 (author), translator (unknown). The Chinaman abroad, or, A desultory account of the Malayan Archipelago, particularly of Java (海島逸志), 1849. (All) 

20. April 7: The English Missions to Qing China (18th CE)

  1. George Macartney, An Embassy to China: Being the Journal Kept by Lord Macartney During His Embassy to the Emperor Chʻien-lung, 1793-1794. Pp. 1-10, 52-105, 300-310.
  2. William Alexander’s painting of the mission

21. April 9: The Dutch Mission to Qing China (18th CE)

  1. Watch Dr. Tonio Andrade’s Lecture on Isaac Titsingh, the Dutch Ambassador, skip to 49:00-55:00

22. April 14: The Forgotten Chinese Labors in the Western Front (1914-1918)

  1. Documentary: Britain’s Secret Chinese Army (2017). (Will be available on Canopy) 
  2. Painting “Panthéon de la Guerre”, 1918.
  3. Selection of Letters from a Chinese worker Gu Xingxia (Translation Pending)

23. April 16: Jewish Refugee in China During WWII (1937-1944)

  1. Watch the clip “Thank you Shanghai”
  2. Eber, Voices from Shanghai: Jewish Exiles in Wartime China, 2008. (Select between 3-5 letters)

24. April 21: When China rules the World and the Clash of East and West (21th CE)

  1. Dr. Martin Jacques – “Big Picture: China’s Belt & Road Initiative will change the world as we know it”
  2. Dr. Graham Allison- “Is war between China and the US inevitable?”

23. April 23: Class Conclusion and Reflection

Final Exam: TBD

 

 

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