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Foundations of East Asia, 2019/20, Semester 1, 2
Dr Timothy Thurston
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Premodern History of East Asia

Obviously there is a huge range of material on these topics. Some general histories which give more detail than is possible in the lectures are listed below.

Ebrey, Patricia Buckley, The Cambridge Illustrated History of China, 2nd edn (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010)

Mote, Frederick W., Imperial China 900-1800 (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2003). This is quite detailed, but it gives a good account of the non-Han Chinese empires based to the north of the Chinese hinterland, as will as the ethnically Chinese ones.

Hansen, Valerie, The Open Empire: a History of China to 18002nd edn. (New York: W W Norton, 2015). This places special emphasis on the interrelations between the Chinese and their ethnically different neighbours.

de Bary, Wm Theodore, Richard Lufrano and Irene Bloom, ed., Sources of Chinese Tradition, Vol. 1, From Earliest Times to 1660, 2nd edn (New York: Columbia University Press, 2000). 

Totman, Conrad D., A History of Japan (Oxford: Blackwell, 2000)

de Bary, Wm Theodore et al., ed., Sources of Japanese Tradition, Vol. 1: From Earliest Times to 1600, 2nd edn (New York: Columbia University Press, 2001. You can of course look at volume 2 as well.

Seth, Michael J. A Concise History of Premodern Korea: From Antiquity through the Nineteenth Century, 2nd edn (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016.

Hwang, Kyung Moon, A History of Korea: An Episodic Narrative (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010)

Lee, Peter H and Wm. Theodore de Bary, ed., Sources of Korean Tradition (New York: Columbia University Press, 2000)

Baker, Christopher and Pasuk Phongpaichit, A History of Thailand, 2nd edn (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009)

Readings for Imperialism

Pyle, Kenneth, The making of modern Japan ISBN: 0669200204, Chapter 9.   Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Beasley, W. G., The Rise of Modern Japan: Japanese Imperialism, 1894-1945.

Bickers, Robert, The scramble for China : foreign devils in the Qing empire, 1832-1914 ISBN: 9780713997491 (hbk.) : £30.00; 0713997494 (hbk.) : £30.00. Chapters 4 and 5   OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (KR 08/11/2018) 

Ferguson, Niall, Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World, Introduction. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Myers, R. H and Mark R Peattie, The Japanese colonial empire, 1895-1945 ISBN: 0691053987.

Iriye, A., The origins of the Second World War in Asia and the Pacific ISBN: 0582493498 (pbk) (pp140-187).   OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (KR 08/11/2018) 

Readings for

The APS region in the context of early post-war diplomacy (KA)

Ampiah, Kweku, ‘Japan at the Bandung Conference: The Cat Goes to the Mice’s Convention’, Japan forum. ISSN: 0955-5803, Vol. 7, No. 1, 1995.   

Gaddis, John Lewis, The Cold War.London: Penguin, 2007

Kushner, Barak, ‘The Bandung Conference’, in Media, propaganda and politics in 20th-century Japan ISBN: 1472509560 (hardback); 9781472509567 (hardback); 9781350002005 (paperback); 1350002003 (paperback); 9781472514172 (ePDF); 9781472512260 (ePub), Tokyo: The Asahi Shimbun Group, 2015.

What constitutes ‘Japanese’ literature? Critically examining the hidden assumption of homogeneity in Japan, this lecture seeks to enrich our understanding of Japanese literature by exploring the work of minority writers.

Nakagami, Kenji (1975) “House on Fire” in The cape : and other stories from the Japanese Ghetto ISBN: 9781933330433 (pbk.); 1933330430 (pbk.), translated by Eve Zimmerman, Berkeley, CA: Stone Bridge Press, pp.93-138.  OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (KR 08/11/2018) 

Shima, Tsuyoshi (1973) “Bones” in Southern exposure : modern Japanese literature from Okinawa ISBN: 0824823001 (pbk. : alk. paper); 0824821696, edited by Michael Molasky and Steve Rabson, Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, pp.156-170.  Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

This list was last updated on 25/10/2019