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China (Part 3): Cosmopolitan Tang: Aristocratic Culture - Harvard University



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  • Duration:
    4 Weeks
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Part 3 explores the reunification of China under Tang with a focus on Chinese aristocratic culture during the Tang period from poetry to calligraphy to literature.
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What you'll learn on the course

Chinese History
China History
Aristocratic Culture

Course programme

China (Part 3): Cosmopolitan Tang: Aristocratic Culture is the third 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.

  • An understanding of the period when the dynasties of north and south were reunified under the Sui and Tang (late sixth to seventh century), when the aristocratic cultures of the medieval period were also reunified.
  • How to analyze China’s first multi-ethnic empire and its foreign relations.
  • How to compose and analyze poetry and calligraphy, two products of aristocratic culture.
  • To understand a romantic story as history and as literature.
  • 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.