China (Part 2): The Creation and End of Centralized Empire is the second of ten parts of ChinaX, that collectively span over 6,000 years of history. Each part consists of 4 to 8 weekly “modules,” each with videos, readings, interactive engagements, assessments, and discussion forums. There are a total of 52 modules in ChinaX.
Parts 1-5 make up China: Civilization and Empire, taught by Professor Peter K. Bol. Parts 6-10 make up China and the Modern World, taught by Professor William C. Kirby.
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About the creation of the first centralized bureaucratic empire in 221 BC through its dissolution and restoration: Why was the imperial model successful in China? What happened when it failed? How did the foreign religion of Buddhism gain a place in the landscape that continues still today?
The political systems and changing state-society relations, which apply to all historical periods.
About religion as a historical phenomenon.
To develop your own approaches to history and gain a critical appreciation of China’s literary, philosophical, political and cultural resources.
To express ideas more clearly and confidently; to think more analytically and critically through the study of primary and secondary sources.