Teaching the Silk Road: A Guide for College Teachers

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Jacqueline M. Moore, Rebecca Woodward Wendelken
SUNY Press, Jun 1, 2010 - Education - 250 pages
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Advocating a global as opposed to a Eurocentric perspective in the college classroom, discusses why and how to teach about China’s Silk Road.

The romance of the Silk Road journey, with its exotic locales and luxury goods, still excites the popular imagination. But study of the trade routes between China and central Asia that flourished from about 200 BCE to the 1500s can also greatly enhance contemporary higher education curricula. Indeed, with people, plants, animals, ideas, and beliefs traversing it, the Silk Road is both a metaphor of globalization and an early example of it.

Teaching the Silk Road highlights the reasons to incorporate this material into a variety of courses and shares resources to facilitate that process. It is intended for those who are not Silk Road or Asian specialists but who wish to embrace a global history and civilizations perspective in teaching, as opposed to the more traditional approach that focuses on cultures in isolation. The book explores both classroom and experiential learning and is intentionally interdisciplinary. Each essay focuses on pedagogical strategies or themes that teachers can use to bring the Silk Road into the classroom.

“Based on years of experience, the authors of Teaching the Silk Road offer sound strategies for both stand-alone courses on aspects of the route and mainstreaming what has been uncovered in three decades of research into existing courses in a variety of disciplines.” — H-Net Reviews (H-Asia)

“This collection of essays and personal reflections allows the reader to listen in on a relaxed conversation on teaching the topic of the Silk Road. It offers a nice blueprint for integrating the Silk Road into new or existing curricula.” — J. Michael Farmer, author of The Talent of Shu: Qiao Zhou and the Intellectual World of Early Medieval Sichuan
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Using the Silk Roads to Organize World History Surveys Before 1500
15
Chapter 2 How to Use the Silk Roads in the European History Survey Course
31
Chapter 3 The Silk Road and Chinese Identity Past and Present
45
Chapter 4 Silk Roads Studies in the Political Science Classroom
59
Chapter 5 Teaching the Silk Road in Comparative Politics
73
Chapter 6 Art and the Silk Road
85
Chapter 7 Incorporating Nomads into the Curriculum One Steppe at a Time
105
Chapter 9 Silk Roads Service Learning and Mythmaking
139
Chapter 10 Taking Students along Chinas Silk Road
155
Chapter 11 Mapping the Silk Road
173
Chapter 12 Using Primary Sources to Teach the Silk Road
191
Chapter 13 Flashes at the End of the Sky My Personal Khotan on the Silk Road
215
About the Authors
231
Index
235
Copyright

Chapter 8 Philosophical Reflections on National Idenity
125

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About the author (2010)

Jacqueline M. Moore is Professor of History at Austin College. She is the author of several books, including Cow Boys and Cattle Men: Class and Masculinities on the Texas Frontier, 1865–1900. Rebecca Woodward Wendelken is Associate Professor of History at Methodist University.