Final Exam Reminders & Updates

Our final exam is Wednesday, May 2nd at noon in Monroe 210. Remember to be on time for the in-class exam and have a hard copy of your take-home essay ready at that time — no late essays or exams will be permitted.

The Final Exam review sheet and take-home essay assignment can be found at our Assignments Page here at the website.

One note: we did not cover this term in lecture, so you can cut it from your review for the final:  Shanghai Communique (1972)


Dower Paper Deadline Extended – Please Read

Due to an error in the syllabus for reading page assignments the Dower Paper deadline will be moved from Monday, 4/16, to Friday, 4/20.

Please note that the assignment asks you to “choose two specific historical examples” of what Dower desribes as a “middle-register discourse,” one from the American side of the conflict and one from the Japanese side of the conflict.

Our reading assignments unfortunately dropped listings for chapters from the Japanese section of the text. For your paper (and for this new extension), please choose one chapter of  Part III of Dower’s text (Chp 8, 9, or 10) to read to help you choose an example for the Japanese side of this essay.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Fernsebner (sfernseb at

Chinese New Year Celebration (2/24) – Volunteers Needed

Hi All!

A reminder that the Chinese New Year celebration at UMW is happening this Saturday! (2/24, 11am-4pm, Chandler Ballroom). The event is free and open to all.

Organizers are also looking for volunteers to help with set up and clean-up. If you’ve got some time and would like to turn out, meet some good folks, and help out with the festivities, see this link for sign-ups.


Dr. Fernsebner


Midterm Review Sheet Now Available

It’s February! We’ll be starting our reading of Shiba Goro’s Remembering Aizu next week, which will also be the focus of a take-home essay for our upcoming midterm on February 19th. See our Assignments Page (password required) for the Midterm Review Sheet and Take-Home essay assignment, which will both be reviewed in class on Monday, 2/5.

Please give the review sheet a read and bring along any questions that day!

“Random Notes” for Monday, 1/22

On Monday we’ll be doing a close read of a primary source from the Qing dynasty — Fang Bao’s Random Notes from Prison (see Ebrey et al, “Creation of the Manchu Empire” chapter). Catch up on your textbook reading and bring a copy of the textbook and/or a digital device into class by which you can access an electronic copy of the text.

We’ll talk primary sources, strategies for analysis, and the significance of a text on prisons in the midst of late imperial China.

Also, don’t forget we have the map quiz at the start of class on Friday. See our Map Quiz page for the terms to study and maps to help guide you (and for practice.)