Students have the option of focusing their exam on East Asia or South Asia or covering both regions.
For East Asia, questions will focus on Japanese and Chinese history since 1600, although the comparative section will offer students the option of incorporating their knowledge of Korea. Topics include the rise and fall of early modern regimes, commercialization/industrialization and its social consequences, state-society relations, nations and the modern world, interrelationships between domestic events and foreign policy, questions of national and other identities, and the divergent paths taken by modern China, Japan, and Korea.
For South Asia, questions will focus on its history since the establishment of the Mughal Empire in the 1500s. Topics will include: state and society in Mughal India; the conquest of the Indian subcontinent by the East India Company; social, economic, and cultural changes under colonialism; anti-colonial revolts and movements; the experience of colonization in South Asia in comparative perspective; nationalism; the roles of caste, class, religion, and gender in political struggles; colonial modernity; Independence and Partition of British India; postcolonial politics and society in India and Pakistan; and the nature of globalization and its effects on culture and society.
Sample Exam (pdf)