University of Portland Bulletin 2021-2022

HST 251 Modern East Asia

This course examines East Asia from about 1400 to the present, analyzing the region’s early modernity and its violent transformations in the modern era. Students will learn how empires and nations used ethnicity, race, and distinct views of civilizations to legitimate themselves from ca. 1400 to the present. Students will also explore the connections between history and contemporary affairs.