Empire and Southeast Asia|
Fall 2014 not offered
|Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory|
In this interdisciplinary seminar for first-year students, we will develop a comparative, world-history approach to studying the concepts, practices, and experiences of empire in Southeast Asia from early times to the present. After learning about the premodern, Indic empire of Angkor and thinking about how it differed from Rome, we will investigate Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, British, French, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, and American imperial formations and think about how they influenced colonialism, modernization, nationalism, and state formation in the region. We will examine modes of resistance to empire and study visual, literary, musical, theatrical, and cinematic representations of how it felt to exercise, live under, or rebel against imperial rule. In the last part of the course, we will assess the manifestations and persistence of empire in the contemporary world as well as the ways in which Southeast Asians have been trying to deimperialize their societies in today's global, supposedly postimperial age.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
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David B. Abernathy, THE DYNAMICS OF GLOBAL DOMINANCE: EUROPEAN OVERSEAS EMPIRES 1415-1980.
Benedict Anderson, UNDER THREE FLAGS: ANARCHISM AND THE ANTI-COLONIAL IMAGINATION.
Sugata Bose, A HUNDRED HORIZONS: THE INDIAN OCEAN IN THE AGE OF GLOBAL EMPIRE.
Jane Burbank and Frederick Cooper, EMPIRES IN WORLD HISTORY: POWER AND THE POLITICS OF DIFFERENCE.
Julia Clancy-Smith and Frances Gouda, DOMESTICATING THE EMPIRE: RACE, GENDER, AND FAMILY LIFE IN FRENCH AND DUTCH COLONIALISM.
Kuan-Hsing Chen, ASIA AS METHOD: TOWARD DEIMPERIALIZATION.
Mark Philip Bradley, IMAGINING VIETNAM AND AMERICA: THE MAKING OF POSTCOLONIAL VIETNAM, 1919-1950.
Amitav Ghosh, THE GLASS PALACE.
Herfried Münkler, EMPIRES.
Panivong Norindr, PHANTASMATIC INDOCHINA: FRENCH COLONIAL IDEOLOGY IN ARCHITECTURE, FILM, AND LITERATURE.
James Scott, THE ART OF NOT BEING GOVERNED: AN ANARCHIST HISTORY OF UPLAND SOUTHEAST ASIA.
Carl A. Trocki, OPIUM, EMPIRE AND THE GLOBAL POLITICAL ECONOMY.
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Five 3-4 page papers, individual and group classroom presentations, and active participation in classroom discussions.
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