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DATE
LECTURE TOPICS/READINGS
1/8
Introduction: The Mythological Foundation of Chinese History (Xia: Prehistory)
BHC: 11-41 • MOF: 3-10 (Yu)
1/10
Ancestors, Divination and Sacrifice (Shang/Western Zhou: c. 1600-771 BCE)
BHC: 42-55 Classical Chinese Literature: 10-23
1/12
The World of Confucius (Spring and Autumn: 770-481 BCE)
BHC: 56-68 • MOF: 11-32 (Confucius) Recommended ~ The Analects of Confucius
1/15
MLK HOLIDAY
1/17
Legalism and the Unification of China (Warring States/Qin: 481-206 BCE)
BHC: 68-74 • LegalismRecommended ~ Daoism
1/19 The Birth of an Empire and the Death of an Emperor (Qin: 221-206 BCE)
BHC: 75-83 MOF: 33-50 (Qin Shihuang) Records of the Grand Historian (Qin): 85-87
1/22
The Former Han Dynasty: Consolidation and Expansion (Former Han: 206 BCE-8 CE)
BHC: 83-99 • MOF: 51-71 (Sima Qian)
1/24
Interregnum, Restoration and Division (Xin/Later Han/Three Kingdoms: 8-280)
BHC: 99-103 • MOF: 72-89 (Wang Mang)  and100-113 (Zhuge Liang)
1/26
The Buddhist Transformation of China (Period of Division/Sui/Early Tang: 280-755)
BHC: 104-124 • MOF: 114-126 (Hui Neng) ESSAY 1: Memorial to the Second Qin Emperor
1/29
Empress Wu: Chinas Only Female Emperor (Early Tang: 618-755)
BHC: 125-144 • MOF: 127-148 (Empress Wu)
1/31
The Decline of the Tang: Xuanzong, Yang Guifei & An Lushan (Late Tang: 755-907)
BHC: 144-153 Interlude: Xuanzong and Yang the Prized Consort
2/2MOVIE: Legend of the Demon Cat, Part I
BEGIN QUEST 1
2/5 MOVIE: Legend of the Demon Cat, Part II
QUEST 1 ENDS
2/7 The Commercial Revolution of the Northern Song (Northern Song: 960-1126)
BHC: 154-165 • MOF: 149-167 (Su Dongpo)
2/9 Life Under the Southern Song (Southern Song: 1126-1279)Chinese New Year
BHC: 165-168 • MOF: 168-180 (Yue Fei)
2/12Mongol Conquest: Genghis Khan, Khubilai Khan and Marco Polo (Song/Yuan: c. 1189-1368)
BHC: 168-183 MOF: 181-200 (Qiu Chuji, the Daoist)
2/14 The Ming Restoration: Globalism and Isolationism (Ming: 1368-1644)
BHC: 184-211
2/16
The Manchu Conquest and Kangxi’s Consolidation (Ming/Qing: 1600-1722)
SMC: 48-71 MOF: 216-230 (Zheng Chenggong [Coxinga])
2/19Yongzheng’s Authority (Qing: 1723-1735)
SMC: 72-93 • A Daughter of Han
2/21
Chinese Society in the Reign of Qianlong (Qing: 1736-1795)
SMC: 94-114 • A Daughter of Han
 
2/23
 
China and the Eighteenth-Century World (Qing: 1700-1799)
SMC: 115-135 • A Daughter of Han
2/26
The First Clash with the West (Qing: 1800-1850)
SMC: 139-163 A Daughter of Han
2/28 The Crisis Within (Qing: 1850-1875)
SMC: 164-185 • MOF: 114-126 (Hong Xiuquan) A Daughter of Han
3/1 Restoration Through Reform (Qing: 1861-1875)
SMC: 186-207 A Daughter of Han
3/4New Tensions in the Late Qing (Qing: 1875-1905)
SMC: 208-233 • BEGIN QUEST 2
3/6
The End of the Dynasty (Qing: 1905-1911)
SMC: 234-254 • QUEST 2 ENDS
3/8The New Republic (ROC: 1912-1919)
SMC: 257-278 • A Daughter of Han
3/11-15 SPRING BREAK
3/18
“A Road Is Made” (ROC: 1919-1922)
SMC: 279-300 • A Daughter of Han
3/20
The Fractured Alliance (ROC: 1922-1927) Reflections on A Daughter of Han
SMC: 301-326 
3/22 The Guomindang in Power (ROC: 1927-1933)
SMC: 327-355 ESSAY 2: A Daughter of Han
3/25 Communist Survival (ROC: 1927-1937)
SMC: 356-387 • Recommended ~ MOF: 345-350 (Mao Zedong)
3/27 World War II (ROC: 1937-1945)
SMC: 391-432 • Recommended ~ MOF: 345-350 (Mao Zedong, continued)
3/29 GOOD FRIDAY
4/1 The Fall of the Guomindang State (ROC: 1945-1949)
SMC: 433-459 • Recommended ~ MOF: 350-359 (Mao Zedong, continued)
4/3 The Birth of the People’s Republic (PRC: 1949-1952)
SMC: 460-483Son of the Revolution
4/5 Planning the New Society (PRC: 1953-1957)
SMC: 484-513Son of the Revolution
4/8 Deepening the Revolution (PRC: 1957-1965)
SMC: 514-534Son of the Revolution
4/10 Cultural Revolution (PRC: 1966-1972)
SMC: 535-555 • Son of the Revolution
4/12 CLASS CANCELLED
4/15 Reopening the Doors (PRC: 1972-1976)
SMC: 559-586Son of the Revolution
4/17 Redefining Revolution (PRC: 1977-1980)
SMC: 587-614 • Son of the Revolution
4/19 Levels of Power (PRC: 1981-1984)Reflections on Son of the Revolution
SMC: 615-638
4/22 Testing the Limits (PRC: 1985-1989)
SMC: 639-665ESSAY 3: Son of the Revolution
4/24 Century’s End (PRC: 1990-1997)
SMC: 666-689
4/26 Breakthrough? (PRC: 1997-Present)
SMC: 690-707 BEGIN QUEST 3
4/29 QUEST 3 ENDS