Classes started today

And, as is something of a tradition here at the Frog, I am posting links to my syllabi for comments and suggestions. Actually we usually do this early enough to change things based on your advice. This time it is a little too late to order new books, but any advice about things I should keep in mind while working with any of this, or suggestions for future versions of the classes are quite welcome.

HIST 206 History of East Asia

HIST 332 Early China


  1. We’re two weeks in, and I’m about to post mine, so you’re not doing too badly.

    I like the way you refer to a 10+ page paper as “short”: they’d ride me out of town on a rail if I pulled a line like that.

    I’d love to hear later how using Schneewind went: it’s on my shelf as a possible supplement in my Early China course next time I offer it. I used Gernet’s Daily Life in China and Huang’s 1587 last time, but wasn’t entirely happy with it.

  2. Perhaps you and your colleagues can assist me and my generation of elders to understand what behavior changes might be required of us so that a good enough future can be granted to our children by responding to the following questions.

    Please take a moment to explain what you expect will occur that results in the stabilization of population numbers of the human species on Earth in the year 2050, given the fully anticipated young age distribution of a global population of 9+/- billion people at that time? What do you suppose billions of fertile young people, who are expected to be capable of reproducing in mid-century, will be doing with their sexual instincts and drives other than what human beings have been doing during the past several thousand years?



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