James Carter, Ph.D.
B.A., University of Richmond
M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University
HIS 100 Forging the Modern World
HIS 206 Historical Introduction to East Asian Civilizations
This course will introduce students to the major political, social, and cultural movements of the East Asian Culture Area from the earliest writing to the modern period. It will emphasize major events of Chinese and Japanese history, with attention also to Korea and Vietnam. This course serves as a prerequisite to the courses listed below. Exceptions can only be made with the permission of the professor.
HIS 350 Exchange and Conquest in Modern East Asia
This course is a chronological survey of East Asian history from 1500 to the present, emphasizing the reciprocal influences of East Asia and the West. The primary focus will be on China and Japan, with attention also to Korea and Vietnam. Major topics will include the Jesuits in East Asia; approaches to modernization in China and Japan; the decline of China and the rise of Japan in the nineteenth century; colonialism and the anti-colonial movements; the challenges of global culture; and debates over human rights in the late twentieth century.
HIS 351 Gender, Ideology and Revolution in East Asia
This course will examine the institutional and ideological connections between gender roles and social unrest in East Asia since 1600, with an emphasis on the twentieth century. Questions central to the class will be: changing notions of the ideal man and woman, and how changes in society and politics have been reflected in gender roles for men and women. Topics may include traditional East Asian societies; foot binding; revolutionary movements including communism, nationalism and feminism; family planning; the Japanese samurai ideal; and gender roles in film and fiction.
HISTORY 352 Late Imperial China: Prosperity and Promise
Chinese social, political, intellectual and cultural history during the Ming and Qing dynasties up to the Opium Wars (1368-1840). Major topics will include the Ming voyages of discovery, Ming art and literature; the Manchu conquest, War of the Three Feudatories; Taiping Rebellion; Opening of China to the West.
HISTORY 353 Modern China: Struggle and Survival
Chinese, social, political, intellectual, and cultural history from 1840 to 1997. Major topics will include the Opium Wars; emergence of Chinese nationalism; the Boxer Rebellion; collapse and fall of the Qing dynasty; the May Fourth Movement in literature and politics; competing strands of Chinese communism; warlordism; the anti-Japanese War; the founding of the People's Republic; the Great Leap Forward; Cultural Revolution; Deng Xiaoping's Reforms; social protest of the 1980s; and cinema of China's Fifth Generation.
HISTORY 354 Japan Since 1800: Seeking a Place in the World
The central theme of this course is the coexistence of traditional and modern Japan during the last 200 years. Major topics include traditional Japanese social structure; bushido and samurai culture; Perry and the Opening of Japan; the Meiji Restoration; militarism and modernization; expansion onto the Asian continent; Showa democracy; the Pacific War; the American Occupation; political and economic reconstruction; cinema and literature of post-war Japan.
HIS 355 Colonialism and Nationalism in Southeast Asia, 1600-1960
This course will focus on the experience of colonialism and the development of independent modern nation-states in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Indonesia, and to a lesser extent, Malaysia, Singapore, Burma, and the Philippines. The course seeks to help students understand how colonialism redefined pre-existing relations among the peoples of the region and how modern nationalism and independence movements emerged in this context. Although political and economic interests are essential parts of this story, the course will focus on intellectual, cultural, and social factors.
Nineteenth and Twentieth-century China
Nationalism and Religion in East Asia
Chinese Urban History
Faculty Expert Profile
Expertise: Contemporary China’s Nationalism and Its Roots, Life Post-Tiananmen Square, Religion in China