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The Challenge of the Introductory Course on the Pacific Basin
Unformatted Document Text:  Recent Intellectual Challenge Recent Intellectual Challenge • Barbara Andaya [past pres. of AAS] presidential address Barbara Andaya [past pres. of AAS] presidential address at 2006 AAS annual meeting. “Oceans Unbounded: at 2006 AAS annual meeting. “Oceans Unbounded: Transversing Asia across ‘Area Studies’”: Transversing Asia across ‘Area Studies’”: – called for greater coherence in the teaching of Asia, suggested: called for greater coherence in the teaching of Asia, suggested: – Rather than think of the sea as a boundary that separated land- Rather than think of the sea as a boundary that separated land- based societies, consider it’s capacity to connect them based societies, consider it’s capacity to connect them – A course organized around the theme of Asia’s maritime history, A course organized around the theme of Asia’s maritime history, considering intra-Asian exchanges and Asia’s linkages to the considering intra-Asian exchanges and Asia’s linkages to the outside world, trans-oceanic outside world, trans-oceanic – This would create a pathway for overcoming the confines of This would create a pathway for overcoming the confines of “area studies” which privilege the land & marginalize the sea “area studies” which privilege the land & marginalize the sea • This could also alternatively translate into a course on This could also alternatively translate into a course on civilization surrounding South China Seas, Bohai Sea, or civilization surrounding South China Seas, Bohai Sea, or Indian Ocean; influenced by Braudel’s approach to Indian Ocean; influenced by Braudel’s approach to Mediterranean civilization Mediterranean civilization

Authors: Christoffersen, Gaye.
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Recent Intellectual Challenge
Recent Intellectual Challenge
Barbara Andaya [past pres. of AAS] presidential address
Barbara Andaya [past pres. of AAS] presidential address
at 2006 AAS annual meeting. “Oceans Unbounded:
at 2006 AAS annual meeting. “Oceans Unbounded:
Transversing Asia across ‘Area Studies’”:
Transversing Asia across ‘Area Studies’”:
called for greater coherence in the teaching of Asia, suggested:
called for greater coherence in the teaching of Asia, suggested:
Rather than think of the sea as a boundary that separated land-
Rather than think of the sea as a boundary that separated land-
based societies, consider it’s capacity to connect them
based societies, consider it’s capacity to connect them
A course organized around the theme of Asia’s maritime history,
A course organized around the theme of Asia’s maritime history,
considering intra-Asian exchanges and Asia’s linkages to the
considering intra-Asian exchanges and Asia’s linkages to the
outside world, trans-oceanic
outside world, trans-oceanic
This would create a pathway for overcoming the confines of
This would create a pathway for overcoming the confines of
“area studies” which privilege the land & marginalize the sea
“area studies” which privilege the land & marginalize the sea
This could also alternatively translate into a course on
This could also alternatively translate into a course on
civilization surrounding South China Seas, Bohai Sea, or
civilization surrounding South China Seas, Bohai Sea, or
Indian Ocean; influenced by Braudel’s approach to
Indian Ocean; influenced by Braudel’s approach to
Mediterranean civilization
Mediterranean civilization


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