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China (Part 2): The Creation and End of Centralized Empire - Harvard University

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Part 2 covers the period from the Qin to the Sui with the creation of the first unified empire and an exploration of state building and dissolution, focusing on the realization of the self and the influence of Buddhism during the medieval period.
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What I would highlight Both the course and the teachers are magnificent. I had no genuine presentation to China before the course, in spite of business outings to both Beijing and Shanghai. The course's plan, content and vitally the teacher's presentations do not assume any earlier introduction to China or its history. Whats more, I ought to include, in the end dazzled by the course and by the truth and many-sided quality of China as a country, government and individuals. I am currently perusing my fifth book on China. This could never had happened had I not taken this awesome course.

What could be improved Everything was positive.

Course taken: December 2016 | Recomendarías este centro? Sí.
Paul Hundal
What I would highlight Course is brimming with incredible data and is nicely exhibited. Adapted more than I anticipated. I prescribe you take the main China course in this arrangement (SW12x) before this one. The recorded period secured by this section (300 BCE to 450 AD) constructs specifically off the base sketched out in the initial segment.

What could be improved Nothing.

Course taken: December 2016 | Recomendarías este centro? Sí.
Ann Schmidt
What I would highlight Fascinating course, part of the China X arrangement, which broadly expounds about the historical backdrop of China. Extremely proficient educators and visitors. Would prescribe this course.

What could be improved Everything OK.

Course taken: January 2017 | Recomendarías este centro? Sí.

What you'll learn on the course

Chinese Empire
Chinese History

Course programme

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

  • 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.