Week 1: August 30, September 1, 3
Introduction to the geography; origins of farming and nomadism.
Readings: Barfield, Perilous Frontier, pp. 1-31; Waldron, Great Wall of China, pp. 1-51.
Week 2 : September 6-10
Nomadism and the state: are they compatible?
Readings: Barfield, Perilous Frontier, pp. 32-84; “The Xiongnu” from Sima Qian (reader)
Map Quiz in class, Sept. 10
Week 3: September 13-17
The Han and the Huns (Xiongnu): the first Chinese-Inner Asian confrontation
Reading: Barfield, Perilous Frontier, pp. 85-130
Han-Xiongnu quiz in class, Sept. 17
Week 4: September 20-24
The Tang and the Turks: the second Chinese-Inner Asian confrontation
Readings: Barfield, Perilous Frontier, 131-163; Orkhon inscriptions (reader)
Han-Xiongnu essay due in class, September 22
Week 5: September 27-October 1
The Kitans and the Jurchen begin the second Inner Asian conquest of China
Reading: Barfield, Perilous Frontier, pp. 164-228.
Tang-Turk quiz in class, September 27.
Week 6: October 4-8
The Mongol empire: kinship, marriage, vengeance, and steppe politics
Reading: Kahn, Secret History of the Mongols, 1-72
Tang-Türk essay due in class, October 4
Week 7: October 11-15
The early Mongol empire: a nomadic state?
Reading: Kahn, Secret History of the Mongols, 72-145
Mongol empire quiz, October 15
Week 8: October 18-22
The Mongol empire and China’s dynastic cycle
Reading: Kahn, Secret History of the Mongols, 146-190; biography of Yelü Chucai (reader)
Week 9: October 25-29
The Ming dynasty and the Mongols: the third Chinese-Inner Asian confrontation
Reading: Barfield, Perilous Frontier, 229-265
Mongol empire essay due in class, October 29
Week 10: November 1-5
Where was the Great Wall?; walls and China’s frontiers
Reading: Waldron, Great Wall of China, pp. 55-121.
Week 11: November 8-12
The Ming build the Great Wall
Reading: Waldron, Great Wall of China, pp. 122-164; Xiao Daheng “Customs of the Northern Slaves” (reader).
Week 12: November 15-19
How the Great Wall Was Built
Elverskog, Jewel Transluscent, pp. 63-129 (reader)
Ming-Mongols quiz, November 15
Week 13: November 22
Reading: Elverskog, Jewel Transluscent, 129-214 (reader);
Week 14: November 29-December 3
Horse markets, tribute, farmers, and lamas in Inner Mongolia; the Manchus
Barfield, Perilous Frontier, pp. 266-302
Reading: Waldron, Great Wall of China, pp. 167-226
Altan Khan essay due December 3
Week 15: December 6-10
Conclusion; summing up
Take home final due 5:00 PM, Friday, December 17.
The following is a list of all the items found on the map. Those in bold will be tested on the map quiz. On the quiz, I will give you a list of twenty of these names, which you will write on a blank copy of the map. The descriptions of the main agricultural methods are only approximate; dry agriculture means wheat, millet, sorghum and other crops grown in dry soil, wet means paddy rice. Extensive vs. intensive refers to the yields per acre; extensive is low, intensive high.
China Proper : intensive dry and wet agriculture
City: Lanzhou (Lanchou)
City: Xi’an( Sian); previously Chang’an (Ch’ang-an)
Cities: Datong (Ta-t’ung)
City: Beijing (Peking); previously Yanjing (Yenching)
Inner Mongolia : pastoralism and extensive dry agriculture
City: Höhhot (Hu-ho-hao-t’e)
Mongolia proper (Outer Mongolia): pastoralism
Cities: Qara-Qorum (Karakorum)
Manchuria : extensive dry agriculture, pastoralism
Outer Manchuria (Russian Far East): fishing, hunting
Korea : intensive wet agriculture
Japan : intensive wet agriculture
Tarim Basin(Eastern or Chinese Turkestan): oasis agriculture
Zunghar Basin: pastoralism, oasis agriculture
Kökenuur (Koko-nor) : high-altitude pastoralism
Tibet : high-altitude farming, high-altitude pastoralism
Kazakhstan : pastoralism, oasis agriculture
Central Asia (Turkestan) : oasis agriculture, pastoralism
Siberia : hunting, reindeer pastoralism, fishing
Southern Siberia : pastoralism, hunting, extensive dry farming
Afghanistan : oasis agriculture, high-altitude agriculture, pastoralism
Iran : intensive dry and wet agriculture, pastoralism
South Asian/Indian Subcontinenent : intensive dry and wet agriculture
Southeast Asia : intensive wet agriculture
Nepal : intensive wet agriculture, high-altitude agriculture
Greater Khinggan Range (Khinghan Mountains)