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翻譯:吳貞芳(Doris Wu)(簡介並寄信)
編輯:王晶(簡介並寄信)

本課程所要審視的是,在一千五百年的過往歲月裡,遍居歐亞大陸的民族,即俄國人、中國人、蒙古遊牧民族與逐綠洲而居的突厥人之間的互動。在這片遼闊的土地上,隨著帝國的興衰,宗教派系、貿易與戰爭不斷上演著如潮汐般起落的戲碼;而今,蘇聯的瓦解與中國的改革為文化交流開啟了新的契機。討論主題涵蓋中亞的回教、佛教、基督教及儒教諸多宗教傳統;沙漠駱駝商隊與旅行家,例如馬可波羅和拉班索瑪[第一位到西方旅遊的中國人];今昔遊牧民族的征服與帝國主義的競爭。資料來源包括原始文獻、旅遊札記、影片和音樂。


課程要求

這是一門課堂講授與討論並重的課程,請務必於課前將當週上課內容閱讀完畢,並好整以暇地準備討論從閱讀作業和課堂講授當中所提出的問題。期中考為時一小時,內容有地圖測驗、識別問題和簡答題。

有關歐亞地區的資訊大多取材自旅行家所寫的報導,這些資料來源既實用又兼具閱讀樂趣,每位同學必須閱讀整篇報導或部分篇幅,並於課堂上進行簡報,稍後我會提供建議及參考書目。

同學必須繳交一份十至十五頁的書面報告,截止日期為最後一堂課,內容為討論某篇旅遊報導、藝術展覽、政治關係或同學自選的題目,學期中我會提供參考主題及書目。
沒有期末考﹗


閱讀書目

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


學生書面報告主題

  • 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.


Readings

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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