ANCIENT EASTERN WORLD, I: India and China

 

 

 

 

 


TEXTS -- The Bhagavad-Gita: Krishna's Counsel in Time of War, trans. Barbara S. Miller (Bantam, 1986); Sima Qian, The First Emperor: Selections from the Historical Records, trans. Raymond Dawson (Oxford UP, 2007); Murasaki Shikibu, The Tale of Genji Abridged, trans. Royall Tyler (Penguin, 2006); and William Strunk, Jr. and E. B. White, The Elements of Style (Longman, 4e, 2000).

 

CORE -- Visit this page for the second part of our syllabus (Connecting) and to get started with the crucial attitudes and perspectives for our course.

 


 

TOPICS

 

 

INDIA

 

CHINA

 

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INDIA, I: Foundations

 

MONSOON ASIA -- What is Asia? (Asian Art Museum or Khan Academy).  Optional: Passport to Asia: An Odyssey through Asian Art and History: a series of 45-minute lectures and Arts of India (Asian Art Museum: iTunes U) and The Indian Ocean in World History Website (Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center).

INDIA -- Indus to Independence: A Journey Through Indian History, segments 1-3 [8 minutes] (Lightworx, 2000) and The Story of India, 1: Beginnings: sections 1-25 [43 minutes] (BBC: Michael Wood) and PBS companion Web resource: Wood's opening page, the Synopsis of the series, "Episode 1: Beginnings" summary and timeline (items "c. 70,000-50,000 BCE: First humans migrate to India" through "c. 1500-1000 BCE: Earliest hymns of Rig-Veda composed") for information and videos.  Two important notes for using the timelines: 1) some of topics within the paragraph link to videos (follow those links to rewatch the videos); and 2) once started, the videos may continue reaching the end of the clip, even after closed, so that one must click back to the previous Web page to stop the video.  Optional: A transcript of Wood's series (Say2.org); The Story of India: Pakistan and North India (BBC: Michel Wood); India: The Empire of the Spirit [52 minutes] (Michael Wood's Legacy: The Origins of Civilization); South Asia: India and Beyond (Ancient Civilizations); A History of India companion Website (Routledge); Indus to Independence: A Journey Through Indian History [33 minutes] (Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 2000); Flash History Map (Maps of India); India: World Heritage Cultural and Natural Sites: introductory paragraph and Main Introduction [20 minutes]; and Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka (Paleolithic): UNESCO World Heritage Sites and here.

INDUS CIVILIZATION -- Indus Valley Civilization [10 minutes] (Crash Course World History); Ancient India, segments 1-3 [18 minutes] (Kultur); and The Indus River Valley in the Third Millennium BCE (Norton iMaps).  Optional: Indus Valley (British Museum: Ancient India) and Indus: The Unvoiced Civilization [59 minutes] (MICO) And study the sites' maps and at least one other item:

 

 

 

II: Hinduism

 

HINDUISM -- A beginner's guide to Hindu art and culture: study through "Principal texts of Hinduism" (Khan Academy); and Beliefs of Hinduism, Principal Deities of Hinduism, Hinduism and the Practice of Faith, and Beliefs Made Visible: Hinduism in South Asia [30 minutes] (Asian Art Museum or Khan Academy): Shiva, Ganesha, Vishnu, Durga, The Hindu Temple (Kailasanatha at Ellora, Khajuraho, Konark, and Madurai), Worship, and Varanasi.  Optional: Hinduism [26 minutes] (Heaven on Earth: Monuments to Belief); World Religions in Art: Hinduism (MIA); Hinduism (V&A); Hinduism in an Indian Village [12 minutes] and The Evolution of Hinduism [11 minutes] (The Open University); Recognizing the Gods (MMOA); Roots of Hinduism and Worship of the Goddess in South Asia (Asian Art Museum); Hinduism (Laura Ellen Shulman); Hinduism and Buddhism [56 minutes] (PBS: The Wisdom of Faith with Huston Smith, 1996); Hinduism: The Eternal Way [22 minutes] (Let's Look at World Religions, 2012); Hinduism: Faith, Festivals, and Rituals [50 minutes] (Ashes in the River: Four Religions of India, 1995); and Paradise: sections 5-7 [12 minutes] (BBC: Dan Cruickshank’s Adventures in Architecture, 2008).

DEITIES -- Three Hindu gods (British Museum/Khan Academy).   And study the red items and at least two others.

TEMPLES -- Hindu Temples with video [5 minutes] Asian Art Museum).  Optional: Temples (Indian Heritage); The Sensuous and the Sacred: Chola Bronzes from South India; Indian Temples (stupa and northern- and southern-styles); Hindu Temple Architecture; Hampi and Mahabalipuram (Archaeological Survey of India); South Indian Architecture (Culturopedia); Vamana Temple (Learner: Art Through Time); Hinduism [26 minutes] (Heaven on Earth: Monuments to Belief); Hindu Temples [25 minutes] (Building Faith: Sacred Architecture, 2005); Char Dham Pilgrimage (Smarthistory); Civilisations animated map (BBC); Early Hinduism (British Museum: Ancient India); and Rock Cut Culture.  And study at least two temples (most featured in the optional The Lost Temples of India  [52 minutes] [Discovery Channel]):

 

 

 

III: Gita, 1

 

EPICS -- The Story of India, I: Beginnings: sections 26-30 [11 minutes] (BBC: Michael Wood) = Mahabharata

 

 and Synopsis of the Hindu Epics (Asian Art Museum).  Optional: Stories of Rama's Youth, Epic Literature - The Ramayana (Story of Rama) (lesson) with "The Abduction of Sita" [14 minutes], Mandodari approaches her husband, the demon king Ravana, Jatayus, the heroic king of the vultures (c. 400-500), Kumbhakarna Battles the Monkeys (c. 1100-1200), and Hanuman’s encounters with demons and Battle scene from the epic Mahabharata (The Great Chronicle of the Bharata Dynasty) (1875-1900) with Arjuna’s Meditation: An excerpt from the Mahabharata [5 minutes] (Asian Art Museum).

 

MAHABHARATA -- The Mahabharata: The Great Epic of India (Brown U.) and Arjun: The Warrior Prince trailer [3 minutes].  Optional: The Mahabharata: A Synopsis of the Great Epic of India (Larry Brown); Mahabharata: Introduction and The Pandava Story book-by-book (SOAS); The Mahabharata, a film by Peter Brook (Mira Costa); Mahabharata Film Notes (Agatucci); and Disney India has revealed plans for a two-part live-action film version of the mythological epic (Variety, 2014).

 

GITA -- New Empires in India (McGraw-Hill) [3 minutes]; The Bhagavad Gita [26 minutes] (Learner: Invitation to World Literature); and Mahabharat (India TV, 1988-90), Episode 72, with the beginning of the Gita [minutes 13.41-24.00, as Krishna initiates his teachings].  Optional: Synopsis of 94 Episodes of Mahabharat (Intelindia); Mahabharat, Episode 1The Bhagavad Gita of Order, with brief summaries, translation, and illustrations; The Condensed Edition of The Bhagavad-Gita (Squashed Writers): "This version of 5500 words represents about 20% of the original. Estimated reading time: 18 minutes"; The Bhagavad Gita [45 minutes] (BBC Radio 4: In Our Time); The Bhagavad-Gita: The Divine Song of God: text, audio, and images; and Bhagavad-Gita As It Is

 

VISHNU -- Vishnu and Krishna [4 minutes] (Asian Art Museum) and Dharma and Duty (lesson): study the Overview and two downloads: The Krishna Legend and Krishna's Mature Life (Asian Art Museum).  And study at least one item:

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GITA -- Mahabharat, Episode 74 (1988-90), Episode 74 for Gita 11 [minutes 22.00-30.27] And study these manifestations of divinity:

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GITA -- New Empires in India (McGraw-Hill) [3 minutes]; Mahabharat (1988-90), Episode 74, watching the end of the Gita as Arjuna accepts his duty [minutes 30.27-36.20]; Krishna talks to Prince Arjuna [6 minutes] (Peter Brooks' Mahabharata, 1989); and The Bhagavad Gita [26 minutes] (Learner: Invitation to World Literature)Optional: An Introduction to Yoga: The Art of Transformation and video [1 minute] (Asian Art Museum).

 

 

 


 IV: Buddhism, 1: Words

 

THE STORY OF INDIA -- The Power of Ideas: sections 1-7 [24 minutes] (BBC: Michael Wood) and the online summary for "Episode 2: The Power of Ideas," Timeline 1 ("c. 599-527 BCE: Mahavira" through "518 BCE: Darius of Persia conquers Indus Valley"), and Timeline 2 ("c. 500 BCE: Jainism founded"). 

 

BUDDHISM -- A beginner's guide to Buddhist art and culture: study through "The Stupa" (Khan Academy) and Beliefs Made Visible: Buddhism in South Asia [20 minutes] (Asian Art Museum or Khan Academy): Sarnath & Bodh Gaya, The Great Stupa at Sanchi, Cave Shrines at Ellora & Ajanta, Images of the Buddha, The Bodhisattva, Decline of Buddhism in India, and Legacy of Hindu & Buddhist Arts of India; and India 1200 BCE-100 CE (Norton Anthology of World Literature) Optional: Buddhism (V&A); World Religions in Art: Buddhism (The Minneapolis Institute of Arts); An Introduction to Buddhism (Asian Art Museum); Buddhist sculpture at the V&A and The Gupta style of the Buddha & its influence in Asia (V&A); Gandhara (MMOA); Buddhism (Laura Ellen Shulman); Buddhism: The Indian Foundations and The Noble Eightfold Path (Hoffert); An Introduction to Buddhism (Boeree); Buddhism (BBC); The Place of Enlightenment [11 minutes] and Becoming a Buddhist monk [14 minutes] (The Open University); Buddhism: The Noble Path [22 minutes] (Let's Look at World Religions, 2012); Buddhism [26 minutes] (Heaven on Earth: Monuments to Belief); Buddhism: The Great Wheel of Being [52 minutes] (Ashes in the River: Four Religions of India, 1995); and The Roots of Belief: Animism to Abraham, Moses, and Buddha, segments 13-15 [14 minutes] (Religion: A World History, 1998).

 

THE BUDDHA -- Age of Empire: sections 8-9 [8 minutes] (BBC: Andrew Marr's History of the World); The Buddha [5 minutes] (The School of Life); Life of the Buddha: A spiritual journey (BBC); Buddhism (Hoffert); and The Illustrated Life of the Buddha (Berkeley: Teaching Comparative Religion through Art and Architecture).  Optional: The Buddha: Story (British Museum: Ancient India); and Buddhist Pilgrimage; Buddhist Pilgrimage Sites: The Astamahapratiharya (V&A); The Art of Buddhism (Freer and Sackler Galleries): 25-page PDF; Life of the Buddha (John Knoblock); Deciphering Buddha Images (NOVA); How to Identify a Buddha, Development of the Buddha Image, and What are the main branches of Buddhism? (Asian Art Museum); Visions of Enlightenment: Understanding the Art of Buddhism (Pacific Asia Museum); Buddhism (Smithsonian); Sixteen States in the Time of the Buddha in South Asia (Norton iMaps); The Life of the Buddha [55 minutes] (BBC); and The Buddha [113 minutes] (PBS: David Grubin). 

 

 

 


 

2: Images

 

1) The Conception of the Buddha -- The Illustrated Life of the Buddha (Berkeley).  Optional: The Buddha: Birth & Youth (PBS: David Grubin).

2) The Birth of the Buddha at Lumbini (c. 563 BC, Nepal) -- The Illustrated Life of the Buddha (Berkeley); Sacred Destinations; and UNESCO World Heritage Site Optional: The Buddha: Birth & Youth (PBS: David Grubin) and Pilgrimage to the Buddha's Life Sites, pp. 1-5 (Saylor Foundation).

3) The Four Encounters -- The Illustrated Life of the Buddha (Berkeley).  Optional: The Buddha: Birth & Youth (PBS: David Grubin).

4) The Great Departure -- The Illustrated Life of the Buddha (Berkeley).  Optional: The Buddha: Birth & Youth (PBS: David Grubin).

5) Austerities -- The Illustrated Life of the Buddha (Berkeley).  Optional: The Buddha: Seeking (PBS: David Grubin).

6) Enlightenment -- The Illustrated Life of the Buddha (Berkeley).

7) Sankasya: after preaching to his deceased mother in Trayastrimsa (heaven of thirty-three gods), the Buddha descends to earth -- Buddhist Pilgrimage Sites: The Astamahapratiharya: fourth entry (V&A).  Optional: Pilgrimage to the Buddha's Life Sites, pp. 30-33 (Saylor Foundation).

8) The Uruvela Conversion -- The Illustrated Life of the Buddha (Berkeley).  Optional: The Buddha: Community, Meditation, and Compassion (PBS: David Grubin).

 

9) Return to Kapilavastu -- The Illustrated Life of the Buddha (Berkeley).

 

10) Subjugation of the Mad Elephant at Rajgir -- The Illustrated Life of the Buddha (Berkeley) and Buddhist Pilgrimage Sites: The Astamahapratiharya: sixth entry (V&A).  Optional: The Buddha: Miracles (PBS: David Grubin) and Pilgrimage to the Buddha's Life Sites, pp. 37-44 (Saylor Foundation).

 

11) The Great Passing at Kushinagar -- The Illustrated Life of the Buddha (Berkeley); Buddhist Pilgrimage Sites: The Astamahapratiharya: second entry (V&A); and Sacred Destinations

Optional: The Buddha: Death & Legacy (PBS: David Grubin) and Pilgrimage to the Buddha's Life Sites, pp. 23-25 (Saylor Foundation).

Other episodes

 

 

 

3: Ashoka and Borobudur

 

INDIA --  Indus to Independence: A Journey Through Indian History, segments 4-7 [8 minutes] (Lightworx, 2000); Ancient India, segments 4-7 [14 minutes] (Kultur); and The Power of Ideas: sections 8-15 [33 minutes] (BBC: Michael Wood) and Timeline 2 ("c. 400 BCE: Classical dance form Bharata natyam developed" though "261 BCE: Battle of Kalinga"), "Episode 3: Spice Routes & Silk Roads" summary and timeline.

 

BUDDHISM -- Buddhism, segments 1-5 [8 minutes] (Heaven on Earth: Monuments to Belief).  Optional: Jainism: Ascetics and Warriors [52 minutes] (Ashes in the River: Four Religions of India, 1995).

 

ASHOKA -- The Word and the Sword: sections 2-3 [7 minutes] (BBC: Andrew Marr's History of the World); Buddha and Ashoka (Crash Course World History); Ashoka's Empire (Pearson); and The Mauryan and Gupta Empires (McGraw-Hill: Interactive Map Quiz).  Optional: The Word and the Sword: Ashoka, sections 2-3 [7 minutes] (BBC: Andrew Marr's History of the World); Elephant Warriors: Mauryan Empire [7 minutes] (HSW); India, Empire and Chaos (Smitha); Maurya dynasty (Livius); Spread of Buddhism to AD 500 (Pearson: Audio Guided Tour); Spread of Hinduism and Buddhism, 500 BCE-CE 600 (Houghton Mifflin: Interactive Maps); Maurya India, c. 250 (Ian Mladjov); The Spread of Buddhism in Asia (McGraw-Hill: Maps in Motion); The Maurya and Gupta Empires and The Spread of Buddhism (Pearson: MapMaster); The Mauryan and Gupta empires, 321 BCE.-550 CE (McGraw-Hill); and Civilisations animated map (BBC) And study at least two topics:

BUDDHIST SITES -- Optional: Pilgrimage and Buddhist Art (Asia Society) Study at least one site:

ANGKOR WAT (Cambodia) -- Southwest Asia, 300-600 CE and Buddhist Landscapes, 300-600 CE (Norton iMaps); Angkor Wat (Sacred Destinations); and Angkor Temple Mountains [5 minutes] (Asian Art Museum).  Optional: Exploring the temples of Angkor (Time Travel Turtle); Angkor War, segments 7-8 [6 minutes] (PBS: Prajna Earth: Journey into Buddhism); Southeast Asia: Kingdoms, AD 100s-1300s and Southeast Asia: Trade Routes, AD 100s-1300s (McGraw-Hill: Maps in Motion); Spread of Hinduism and Buddhism, 500 BCE-CE 600 (Houghton Mifflin: Interactive Maps); Angkor Wat (How Stuff Works) [5 minutes]; AD Classics: Angkor Wat (ArchDaily); Empires and Kingdoms of Southeast Asia (Pearson: Audio Guided Tour); Jewels in the Jungle: Angkor Wat [52 minutes] (BBC: Mysteries of Asia); Angkor: The Divine Breath of Stones (World Art Treasures); Glories of Angkor Wat [53 minutes] (National Geographic); and Opening the Eyes: Deciphering the History of the Khmer Empire [52 minutes] (2009).

 

BOROBUDUR (Indonesia) -- Borobudur, segments 22-23 [11 minutes] (PBS: Prajna Earth -- Journey into Buddhism); The World's Largest Buddhist Temple (Time Travel Turtle); The Spread of Buddhism to 600 CE (OUP); Borobudur (Sacred Destinations), clicking the icon next to the title for the Borobudur Temple Compounds (UNESCO World Heritage Site) for the brief introduction and video [3 minutes]; and My Architectural Moleskin Optional: Prajna Earth: Journey into Buddhism, segments 22-23 [11 minutes] (PBS); Borobudur: Pathway to Enlightenment (PBS); Maurya and Gupta Empires (Pearson: Audio Guided Tour); The Spread of Buddhism (McGraw-Hill); and Borobudur, Borobudur Landscape, and Borobudur: Bouddha Life (World Art Treasures).

 

 


IV: Islam

 

ISLAM -- Ancient India, segments 8-13 [20 minutes] (Kultur); An Introduction to Islam and An Introduction to the Qu'ran (Asian Art Museum); and World Religions in Art: Islam (The Minneapolis Institute of Arts).  Optional: Islam (BBC); The architecture of a mosque [3 minutes] and An important shrine in Delhi [5 minutes] (The Open University); Islam: The Five Pillars of Faith [50 minutes] (Ashes in the River: Four Religions of India, 1995); and Islam: Surrender to God [20 minutes] (Let's Look at World Religions, 2012).

 

The States of the Mongol Empire (Norton iMaps) = req

 

Islam between 900 and 1200 and The Islamic and Hindu States and the Byzantine Empire between 1200 and 1300 (Norton iMaps) = opt?

 

INDIA -- Indus to Independence: A Journey Through Indian History, segments 8-14 [16 minutes] (2000) and The Meeting of Two Oceans: sections 1-26 [54 minutes] (BBC: Michael Wood).  Optional: Timeline 4 ("c. 600-700: Islam introduced to India by Muslim traders" through "997-1030: Mahmud of Ghazni rules in north"), summary for " Episode 5: The Meeting of Two Oceans," and Timeline 5 ("1193-1386: Construction of Qutub Minar" through Timeline 5 ("1615-1659: Dara Shikoh" through "1658-1707: Aurangzeb rules").     

 

 and The Mughal Empire, 1530 and Expansion of the Mughal Empire, 1556-1707 (Norton iMaps) Optional:  Safavid Empire, 1501-1722 (McGraw-Hill: Maps in Motion); and The Islamic Empires, 1500-1800 (McGraw-Hill: Interactive Maps).

 

MUGHALS -- The Mughal Empire and Historical Reputation (Crash Course World History); Revolution: sections 5-7 [7 minutes] (BBC: Andrew Marr's History of the World);

 

Great Empires of the Past: The Mogols, segments 28-30 [6 minutes] (Films for the Humanities & Sciences) = opt

 

India, 1200-1650 (Norton Anthology of World Literature); and Medieval India and The Gunpowder Empires (Pearson).  Optional: Int'l Commerce, Snorkeling Camels, and the Indian Ocean Trade (Crash Course World History); Revolution: sections 5-7 [7 minutes] (BBC: Andrew Marr's History of the World, 2012); Three Islamic Empires: the Ottomans, the Safavids, and the Mughals (OUP); States of Postclassical India and Mughal Dynasty (McGraw-Hill: Interactive Map Quiz); The Mogul Empire, 1530-1707 (McGraw-Hill); The Great Mughal Emperors 1526-1707 (Paradoxplace); and The Legacy of Islamic Empires and their Arts ("Introduction" through "Akbar"); Akbar the Great, Mogul Emperor of India [54 minutes] (ZDF, 2000); and Islamic Art: India and the Middle East (BBC: Waldemar Januszczak, Paradise Found: Discovering Islamic Art, 2007) And study the Taj Mahal and at least one other item:

Shah Jahan Watching an Elephant Fight (Learner: Art Through Time)

 

Major states of postclassical India, 600-1600 CE: Harsha's Kingdom, Vijayanagar, and Chola (McGraw-Hill); South Asia In 1300 (Norton iMaps); Mongol Campaigns of the Thirteenth Century (Pearson: Global Snapshot); The Mongol Empire (Pearson: Interactive Map); and The Mughals (BBC: In Our Time).

 

Rhythms to Nirvana: An Introduction to Indian Classical Music [30 minutes] (Lightworx)

 

Emperor Jahangir weighing his son Khurram in gold (c. 1615) -- British Museum and Teaching History with 100 Objects Optional: Manohar, Emperor Jahangir receiving his two sons (c. 1605-06)

On 31 July 1607, Jahangir, the Mughal emperor of India, ordered his son to be weighed as part of his 15th birthday celebration.

 

Electrotype copy of gold 200 mohur of Shah Jahan (c. 1653) -- British Museum.

 

 

 

 


CHINA, I: Three Schools of Thought

 

ANCIENT CHINA -- An Introduction to the Geography of China, An Introduction to Ancient China, and Archaeology and the Study of Ancient China with video [4 minutes] (Asian Art Museum); Ancient China, segments 1-2 [8 minutes] (Kultur); and The Art of China: Part 1, segments 1-9 [17 minutes] (BBC: Andrew Graham-Dixon).  Optional: William T. Debary, East Asian Civilizations: A Dialogue in Five Stages (1988); Understanding the Geographies of China: An Assemblage of Pieces (McColl); Geography (A Visual Sourcebook for Chinese Civilization); Ancient China (British Museum); Timeline: Ancient China and World Cultures (Asian Art Museum); Timeline of Chinese History and Dynasties (Asia for Educators); Riverine Peoples in East Asia, 5000-2000 BCE (Norton iMaps); and Early Chinese Art 1: Early Dynastic Chinese The Large Concepts [13 minutes] (Mencher).

CONFUCIANISM -- Age of Empire: sections 12-13 [6 minutes] (BBC: Andrew Marr's History of the World); Hundred Schools of Philosophy (Asian Art Museum); Confucius [5 minutes] (The School of Life); and 2,000 Years of Chinese History! The Mandate of Heaven and Confucius (Crash Course World History).  Optional: Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy; Introduction to Confucian Thought and Teaching/Learning Through Confucius: Navigating Our Way through the Analects (Asia for Educators); Ancient China: The Life of Confucius, segments 1-7 [10 minutes] (VEA); Confucius: Transforming the World through Ritual & Humaneness and Mencius: Human Nature is Good (Hoffert); Confucianism [56 minutes] (PBS: The Wisdom of Faith with Huston Smith); Three Pillars: Confucius, Jesus, and Mohammed, segments 1-6 [14 minutes] (Religion: A World History); The Light of Reason, Part 1 (CCTV's New Frontiers: Chinese Civilization) and the rest of Part 1 (2/3 and 3/3) for Confucius, Laozi, Chuangzi, Mozi, and Sunzi; China: The Mandate of Heaven [through minute 17.01 for Confucianism and Daoism] (Michael Wood's Legacy: A Search for the Origins of Civilization); and A Confucian Scholar's House [4 minutes] (Asian Art Museum)

DAOISM -- Lao Tzu [5 minutes] (The School of Life) and The Tao of Pooh (just-pooh.com).  Optional: Taoism & Winnie-the-Pooh (Mr. Donn's Ancient China); Early Daoism (Topics in Pre-Modern China); From Zhuangzi to the Daodejing: Daoist Responses to Confucianism, The Dao of Daoism: A Daoist Response to Confucianism, Laozi and the Daodejing: Cosmology, Inward Training & Sociopolitical Applications, Wandering with the Way: Zhuangzi; Laozi & the Daodejing, Zhuangzi/Chuang Tzu: Free and Easy Wandering & The Equalization of Things, The Politicization of the Dao: The way of Wuwei, and Daoist Syncretism: The Huang-Lao Tradition (Hoffert); I Ching Stalk Method Step-by-Step [4 minutes]; and I Ching: translation and commentary (Wilhelm and Baynes).

LEGALISM -- Legalism in Chinese Philosophy (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy).  Optional: The Light of Reason, Part 2 (CCTV's New Frontier: Chinese Civilization): 1/3 [begin at minute 2.00], 2/3, and 3/3 [23 minutes total]; China: Traditions and Transformations: Competing Schools and Warring States (Harvard Extension School) [50 minutes]; Legalism (Topics in Pre-Modern Chinese History); Machiavelli and the Prince [5 minutes] (Discovery Education); Legalism in Han and Qin China [3 minutes], a student interpretation; 10 Laws of Power [2 minutes]; Legalism and the Legalists of Ancient China (San Jose SU); and Xunzi: Human Nature is "Bad" and Mencius vs. Xunzi: The Great Debate (Hoffert).

 

 


 II: Qin, 1: Emperor and Assassin

 

QIN (221-210 BC) -- The Word and the Sword: sections 4-6 [8 minutes] (BBC: Andrew Marr's History of the World); An Introduction to the Qin Empire (221-206 BCE) with video [3 minutes] and The First Emperor’s Reputation: The Man Who Unified China (Asian Art Museum); and Ancient China, segments 3-5 [18 minutes] (Kultur).  Optional: "Legalism" & the Unification of China (Hoffert or here); North and South of the Great Wall, Part 1 (CCTV's New Frontiers: Chinese Civilization): Part 1 (1/3, 2/3, and 3/3); Hero: The First Emperor's Army (246 BC-210 BC), with impressions of the imperial army in the Chinese film [10 minutes]; Secrets of China's First Emperor: Tyrant and Visionary [50 minutes] (2007); and The First Emperor of China: The Man Who Made China [90 minutes] (Discovery Channel].

SIMA QIAN -- Sima Qian: China's 'grand historian' (BBC).

 

THE EMPEROR AND THE ASSASSIN -- The Emperor and the Assassin (Sony Classics): Synopsis, Background, Character Guide, and Stills & Clips; Lao Ai Rebelled against the Emperor of Qin [7 minutes]; and Qinshihuangdi and the Grand Historian (Brian Hoffert).  Optional: Review (The Green Harnett).

 

 


2: Law and Wall

 

WALL -- Engineering An Empire: China [minute 00-16.55] (National Geographic); Terracotta Warriors, Episode 4: The Grand Master Builders that Defy Nature" for the Great Wall and road [begin at minute 7.00 in part 1/3 and also 2/3, from the beginning to minute 8.15]; Building the Great Wall (Glencoe: In-Motion Animations); and The Art of China: Part 1, segments 10-13 [11 minutes] (BBC: Graham-Dixon) Optional: Qin Shihuangdi: Memories of the First Emperor (Hoffert); The Great Wall Of China [44 minutes] (Modern Marvels); Bronze banliang coin (3C BC, British Museum); and Following the Great Wall: Interactive Map (EDSITEment).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


3: Tomb

 

TOMB -- Engineering An Empire: China [minute 16.55-24.51] (National Geographic); The Underground Army of the First Emperor (Asian Art Museum); Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor (UNESCO World Heritage Sites) for NHK World Heritage 100 Sites [3 minutes], OUR PLACE, and WHTour; and Emperors, segments 1-8 [17 minutes] (BBC: Niall Ferguson, China -- Triumph and Turmoil)OptionalFirst Emperor's Burial Complex [1 minute] (Asian Art Museum); Terracotta Warriors, Episode 1: The Mighty Imperial Army, Parts 1, 2, and 3 [10 minutes each] and Episode 6: The Brothers in Arms, Part 3 [begin at minute 2.19]; German art student joins Terracotta Army [3 minutes]; The Dynastic Cycle (Pearson: Interactive Map); Ancient China: Tombs and Ancestors (British Museum); The Qin Dynasty On-Line Source Book; and New Discoveries in Chinese Archaeology  [4 minutes] (Art Babble); The First Emperor at the British Museum (Times of London); Tomb of Emperor Qin [9 minutes] (Mencher);and China: Heritage of the Wild Dragon [60 minutes] (MICO); Secrets of the First Emperor (National Geographic, 2007) in five parts [47 minutes total; also here]; and The First Emperor: The Man Who Made China (Discovery Channel).

 

Terracotta Warriors -- Terracotta Warriors from the mausoleum of the first Qin emperor of China (c. 221-206) (Khan Academy).  Optional: Emperor Qin's Terracota Army; Rising to Life: Treasures of Ancient China, Restless Spirits: Chinese Afterlife, and Terra-Cotta Warriors That Didn't Make It to National Geographic's Museum (National Geographic); and Terracotta Army (detail) from the Tomb Complex of Qin Shi Huangdi (Learner: Art Through Time); Terracotta Warriors series, Episode 1: The Mighty Imperial Army, 2: The Colour of Bronze, 3: The Battlefields of Life and Death, 4: The Grand Master Builders that Defy Nature, 5: The All-out War of Unification, and 6: The Brothers in Arms; The Xi'an Terracotta Warriors in China [7 minutes]; Unpacking and Installing China's Terracotta Warriors [3 minutes] and Unpacking and Installing a Terracotta Horse [2 minutes] (Asian Art Museum).

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Charlie McAllister, Catawba College, Salisbury, NC

 

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