6750002 Oriental History

Numbering Code U-LET24 26750 LJ36 Year/Term 2021 ・ Year-round
Number of Credits 4 Course Type reading
Target Year Target Student
Language Japanese Day/Period Tue.3
Instructor name NAKASUNA AKINORI (Graduate School of Letters Professor)
Outline and Purpose of the Course This year, we read Inventing Exoticism: Geography, Globalism, and Europe's Early Modern World, published in 2015 by Benjamin Schmidt of the University of Washington. This book discusses the perception of the other world in early modern Europe, focusing on the eyes on exotic things. The protagonists are Europeans, but considering that the Dutch worldview and natural history, which this book focuses on, was adopted as "Rangaku" in the Edo period, it is not unrelated to Japan.

Unlike the classical Chinese reading class, this course is not a requirement for Oriental history students. Students who are interested in the global history of the early modern period are to welcome, even if they are not students who are going to advance into oriental history or who are already enrolled in oriental history.
Course Goals Become accustomed to historical description formats in English and acquire the skills needed to critically read and comprehend them.
Schedule and Contents The book has a total of 412 pages. We will read this over the course of one year.

Week 1: Introduction of Author Benjamin Schmidt
Weeks 2-29: Read each chapter and section.
Week 30: Feedback
Evaluation Methods and Policy Class participation
Course Requirements None
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Submit a Japanese translation of the portion of the English text assigned to them.
Textbooks Textbooks/References Other; to be distributed in class.
References, etc. Other; none