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翻譯:吳貞芳(Doris Wu)(簡介並寄信)







Barfield, Thomas. 《危險的邊疆》

Bonavia, Judy. 《絲路》

Brower, Daniel R. 與 Edward Lazzerini 合編. 《俄國之東: 帝國邊陲地帶與民族, 1700-1917年》

Foltz, Richard. 《絲路上的宗教》.

Hopkirk, Peter. 《大競局: 中亞帝國爭霸戰》

吉卜林, 《阿金》

劉欣如. 《絲路: 陸路貿易與文化互動》

馬可波羅. 《馬可波羅遊記》

Rossabi, Morris. 《忽必烈汗: 他的一生與年代》

Rudelson, Justin. 《綠洲特性》

蘇珊•惠特菲德. 《絲路歲月


  • 後蘇維埃時期中亞的國家認同
  • 康拉德的《黑暗之心》(Heart of Darkness) 與吉卜林的《阿金》
  • 內外蒙古的獨立國家地位
  • 榮赫鵬與傅勒銘的出征
  • 西藏與中共
  • (俄羅斯)大草原爭奪戰

This subject examines interactions across the Eurasian continent between Russians, Chinese, Mongolian nomads, and Turkic oasis dwellers during the last millennium and a half. As empires rose and fell, religions, trade, and war flowed back and forth continuously across this vast space. Today, the fall of the Soviet Union and China's reforms have opened up new opportunities for cultural interaction. Topics include the religious traditions of Central Asian Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, and Confucianism; caravans and travelers like Marco Polo and Rabban Sauma [the first Chinese to travel to the West]; nomadic conquest and imperialist competition, past and present. Source materials include primary documents, travelogues, films, and music.

Course Requirements

This will be a lecture and discussion course. Come to class having done the reading for the week, and be prepared to discuss questions raised in the reading and lectures. There will be one hour exam at midterm, with a map quiz, ID questions, and a short essay.

Much of the information we have about this region comes from travelers' reports. These are both useful sources and fun to read. Each of you will have to read one, or part of one, traveler's account and give a short report on it in class. I will provide suggestions and bibliography later on.

One 10-15 page paper is due BEFORE the last class. This can be a discussion of a travel account, an art exhibit, political relations, or on a topic of your choice. I will give suggested topics and bibliography during the term.
There is NO Final Exam.


Barfield, Thomas. The Perilous Frontier.

Bonavia, Judy. The Silk Road.

Brower, Daniel R., and Edward Lazzerini, eds. Russia's Orient: Imperial Borderlands and Peoples, 1700-1917.

Foltz, Richard. Religions of the Silk Road.

Hopkirk, Peter. The Great Game: The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia.

Kipling, Rudyard. Kim.

Xinru, Liu. The Silk Road: Overland Trade and Cultural Interaction.

Polo, Marco. The Book of Marco Polo.

Rossabi, Morris. Khubilai Khan: His Life and Times.

Rudelson, Justin. Oasis Identities.

Whitfield, Susan. Life along the Silk Road.

Titles of Student Papers

  • National Identities in Post Soviet Central Asia
  • Conrad's Heart of Darkness and Rudyard Kipling's Kim
  • Mongolian Nationhood in Outer and Inner Mongolia
  • The Expeditions of Younghusband and Peter Fleming
  • Tibet and Communist China
  • Warfare on the Steppe

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