1HFA 5: The History of Asia

Western civilization has dominated the world for centuries now. Until the 20th century European empires spanned the globe, subordinating every other culture. Now America stands as the world’s sole superpower. When Columbus sailed in 1492, however, it was to reach Asian civilizations described by Marco Polo whose wealth and power were in advance of the West. Over the course of the Age of Discovery and subsequent colonial and imperial periods, an inexorable tide seemed to carry that wealth and power from East to West. However, if the world’s economists and historians are to be believed, that tide is reversing—and just as inevitably as before. But are the “experts” right? Will the 21st century will be the “Asian Century”?

Any valid prediction must be anchored in history. Thus, Powell History presents:

A First History of Asia for Adults, Part 5 – Japan, China, and India: The New Era of the Balance of Power

  • Part 1: Japan (Jul14 – Sep1:  8 weekly lectures — podcast now available for download!)
  • Part 2: China (Sep22 – Nov10: 8 weekly lectures — mark your calendar!)

PLUS: A FREE BONUS LECTURE! For students of all three course segments: Preparing for the New Era of the Balance of Power.


Course Details and Registration Options

The course is broken up into three segments, which clients can register for together or separately.  Click on the course segment titles above for details.

The first segment–the History of Japan–will consist of eight lectures given weekly from Saturday, July 14 to Saturday, September 1.  Segment two–the History of China–starts September 22, and registration is now available. Course dates and registration for the History of India will be available in October.

Live lectures for all segments will begin Saturdays at 1PM Eastern / 10AM Pacific, with each lecture running for 1.25 hours, with extra time for Q&A. Students who wish to attend live may do so by telephone or by Internet (via WebEx). Students who wish to listen to recordings will receive access to video, podcast, and iTunes archives. (Students of live classes will also have access to the archives.)

Registration is simple. Select a payment option on the Registration Page. Once payment has been received, you will receive a personal welcome e-mail and an invitation to the course Yahoo! group. Archive access will be granted to registered students as the start date of the course approaches.