Valerie Hansen

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Stanley Woodward Professor of History
115 Prospect Street, Room 342, New Haven, CT 06511
Areas of interest : 
China to 1600; Chinese Religious and Legal History; Social History of the Silk Road


HIST 101

The World Circa 1000

A study of the world’s major societies and the encounters among them circa 1000, when globalization began. Attention to China, India, Europe, the Vikings, Africa, the Islamic world, Amerindians including the Maya. Analysis of written and archaeological sources.

Term: Fall 2017
Day/Time: M,W 2:30 PM - 3:20 PM
HIST 319, MMES 314, NELC 317

Islam in Asia

Examination of the three countries with the largest Muslim populations (Indonesia, India, and Pakistan) and China. Case studies on how the history of Islam in these countries helps us to understand present-day controversies regarding violence (jihad), gender, law (Shariʿa), and governance (caliphate). Exploration of similarity and diversity in beliefs and practices.

Term: Spring 2018
Day/Time: T,Th 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
HIST 868

Documents in Tang, Song, and Yuan Dynasties

A survey of the historical genres of premodern China: the dynastic histories, other chronicles, gazetteers, literati notes, and Buddhist and Daoist canons. How to determine what different information these sources contain for research topics in different fields.

Term: Fall 2017
Day/Time: T 1:30 PM - 3:20 PM
HIST 869

Issues in Tang, Song, and Yuan Dynasties

An introduction to the debates about Chinese history between 600 and 1400 including economics, gender, printing, religion, and social change.

Term: Spring 2018
Day/Time: M 1:30 PM - 3:20 PM