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2022-2023 UMaine Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 UMaine Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

HTY 281 - Military History of Modern Asia

The course explores the origins and historical developments in the military and strategic history of the Asia Pacific region. Students will begin by examining the regional strategic situation that existed in the aftermath of World War II in East Asia.  Students will then move on to consider the origins of the Cold war in East Asia, the Chinese and Japanese Grand Strategy, and the modern history of the divided Korean nation.  Students will also discuss the partition of British India in 1974 and the making of two countries (India and Pakistan), the historical rivalry between India and Pakistan, overt nuclearization in South Asia as well as evolving forces of nationalism and religious extremism in this region.  Students will also concentrate on the transformations of Indian democracy, and the rise and fall of dictatorships in Pakistan.  Students will be exposed to a wide variety of historical materials, including recently published historical works in history and strategic studies, as well as films and documentaries to frame and understand Asia Pacific history.

General Education Requirements: Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives

Course Typically Offered: Alternating years

Credits: 3