FYS 146 The Story of China: Silk Road to the Yellow Sea

Traveling from the Silk Road to the Yellow Sea, we explore the history and culture of the world's oldest continuous state. There will be six chapters: Ancestors, Silk Roads and China ships, Golden Age, the Ming Dynasty, the Last Empire and the Age of Revolution. The story begins with a general history of China from the earliest records of Chinese civilization through the first three decades of the People's Republic of China (PRC). We will travel across the country both chronologically and geographically by exploring the landscapes, peoples, and stories that culminated in the China we know today. We will be approaching China from a wide range of viewpoints, addressing political, economic, social, religious, philosophical, and artistic developments.