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Global Asia Studies
Liang Chen

Week 3 Origins of civilization The term civilization: cities, division of labour, and administration Archaeological evidence about sophisticated cities The glory of mauryan India Pataliputra (capital) and its grandeur State enterprises and institutions; prosperity and wealth Maritime trade to southeast Asia extensive transport networks Impact on Greek philosophy and science The Guptas dynasty and the empire of harsha The gupta dynasty as Pataliputra Chinese accounts (Fa Xian in the early 400s) The collapse of the guptas Invasion by the white Huns; Indian contact with the west; chaos and regionalization, the rise of harsha (Xuan Zangs account) The Indian Heritage Regionalization and cultural diversity Indias similarities with Europe Respect for learning and education, the study of the Vedas- males Scientific medical contributions to Europe and elsewhere o Mathematics; algebra, numeration (0-9), negativepositive, squarecube roots,
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