Lectures by Melanie Urban

Sample Lecture Topics

  • Prehistory and the beginnings of a unified state
  • Shintoism and the introduction of Buddhism
  • The Heian period, and refined court culture of the late first millenium
  • The Tale of Genji, illustrative of the Heian period
  • Art and technology of the Heian period, including painting, sculpture and statuary, architecture and lacquer
  • Japan's medieval period, warlords and kingdoms, and the rise of a military state between the 12th and the 16th centuries
  • The Edo period and the Tokugawa shogunate
  • The impact of Christianity
  • Art and technology during the Edo period
  • Japan and the 19th century, including its embrace of Western culture, values and technology
  • Japan in the 20th century and today

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  • China
  • Crusades and the military orders
  • Europeans in Asia
  • India
  • Islamic world
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  • Persia
  • Silk Road
  • Southeast Asia
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