Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College


History 198. Experimental Courses

Modern East Asia

This course is an introduction to East Asian history from 1600 to the present. It surveys the integrated developments of China, Japan, and Korea from imperial states to modern nations. Thematically, the course covers changes of political regimes, the search for modernity, wars, imperialism and colonialism, nationalism and socialism, and socio-economic transformations. Attention is also given to everyday experiences, gender relations, philosophies and religions, and popular cultures. Throughout the course, we will rethink the conceptions and significance of terms such as “modern,” “East Asia,” and “nation.”


U.S. in the World to 1877

Examines how the United States arose, came apart, and reunited by featuring how the rise of capitalism, struggles for equality, and global movements of people, goods, and ideas shaped those events.