Week 1: in class and how to prepare

Tue 1/14:

  • Come to class!
  • Feel free to add questions to the typepad: https://pad.riseup.net/p/HST267-spring20-keep
        • Note: the pad is not secret, but you can remain anonymous: it doesn’t track you and you don’t need to add your name.
        • Before asking questions about assignments and course work etc, please check the syllabus. Chances are the answer is there.

Thu 1/16: Prepare before class:

  • Read through the syllabus and annotate using hypothes.is in the group HST267 (Check carefully you are not in “Public”).
        • Note if anything is not clear, or you want to revise some language I used, and add any other general comments you want to share about this syllabus with your class mates.
        • If you have no comments, add a page note acknowledging that you have read through the syllabus.
        • You have to sign up for a (free) account, and Hypothes.is works best with the Google Chrome browser. You install a small plug-in on your Chrome browser, and off you go! This quick-start guide will be useful! You may use an alias to increase your anonymity online, but please let me know (in person or via e-mail) who you are. You may also comment on the syllabus in person or via e-mail.
        • If it doesn’t work: don’t panic! Explore for about 20 mins (be inspired by the Cats in the sidebar!), and if it still doesn’t work, get some help: go to Trexler Library B06 where you will find the Digital Learning Assistants in the Hive; they will put you on your way!
  • Read Varley pp. 1-7 (not yet the section on Chinese sources)
        • You can add questions (and attempt some answers) in the Pad: what is puzzling? where do you want more information? what strikes you as strange, remarkable, interesting? Share ideas and guide the conversation.
  • Optional extra: Barnes, Gina. “Japan’s Natural Setting”. In Japan Emerging: Premodern History to 1850, edited by Karl Friday. Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 2012.
        • This chapter provides more background on the geography and its influence on Japan’s history; available through Trexler Library
  • Useful additional reading: Scott, James C. Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States. Yale Agrarian Studies. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017.
    • How the transition to agrarian agriculture was not necessarily a “good” thing if you were just a regular person.
  • Slides (Gdrive link)