Students must choose one of the following essay topics:
1. How did the First World War influence East Asian foreign policy? Provide support for
your answer by referring to concrete examples.
2. What were the economic changes that took place under the British Raj, and how were
these both beneficial and detrimental to India’s future?
3. What made nationalism in Thailand different from that in most other Southeast Asian
countries? Give concrete examples of differences.
4. Examine Korea’s colonial relationship with Japan. Was the Japanese influence of
modernity a positive gain to Korean society? Why or why not? Refer to concrete examples.
5. What were the reasons for Japan’s economic success between 1950 and 1990?
6. What distinguishes the Deng era from the Mao era in China? In what ways did Deng
adhere to Mao's policies and how did he change them?