Skip to main content

HIST 4041 Hero, Criminal or Dreamer? The First Emperor of the Qin (Spring: 3 )

Course Description

This course explores the life of the First Emperor of China (259-210 BCE), his short reign, his mysterious death, the spectacular afterlife he created for himself, a two-millennia-long imperial tradition he designed for China, and the physical world and thoughts that he lived in and committed to reshape. Using a great variety of materials (literary, archaeological, and multimedia), this course introduces students to the historical complexity of early China and to its most renowned, controversial figure. Who is this man? What historical roles did he play or fail to play?

Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Ling Zhang

Prerequisites: The History Core, Parts I and II.

Cross listed with:

Comments: Fulfills the Non-Western Requirement for History Majors

Last Updated: 24-Jun-17