Dan Du
Dan Du
Visiting Assistant Professor
Office: Tribble Hall B-4
Phone: 336.758.2643
Region: United States, Europe, East Asia
Theme: Cultural and Intellectual History, Economics, Trade, and Commerce, Global/Transnational History



B.A.      Nankai University, China, 2006 (History and Economics)
M.A.     Nankai University, China, 2009
Ph.D.    University of Georgia, 2017

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Asia and the World

This course explores the cultural and commercial interactions between Asia, primarily China, Korea, and Japan, and other parts of the world. The first section of this course discusses the making of East Asia as a distinctive region, with a focus on its institutional and intellectual foundations. The second part introduces the interactions between East Asia and other regions in Asia, Europe, Americas, and Africa through religious missions, commercial activities, military conflicts, and many other means. The third part examines how transnational communications and conflicts changed the political and cultural landscape of East Asia and helped shape present-day China, Korea, and Japan.

American History since 1865

This course introduces the trajectory of American history after the Civil War, with a focus on the major issues that shaped today’s U.S.. This class is divided into the five sections—Reconstruction, Industrial Revolution, An Industrialized U.S. and the World, From Hope to Rage, and The Rise of Conservatism. In the first two sections, you will learn how to use the basic categories—race, class, ethnicity, and gender—to analyze the impact of history on individual Americans. The last three sections are organized around four critical themes—imperialism, progressivism, liberalism, and conservatism. Entangled with industrial and technological innovations, economic boom and bust, as well as internal and international unsettlement, the evolvement of these ideas laid the foundation for current political and socio-economic situation.

Articles and Essays

"Green Gold and Paper Gold: Seeking Independence via the Chinese-American Tea Trade, 1784-1815," Early American Studies (Winter 2018).
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Frederic Delano Grant, Jr., The Chinese Cornerstone of Modern Banking: The Canton Guaranty System and the Origins of Bank Deposit Insurance, 1780-1933 (Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2014), Books of Interest, The Business History Conference, December 2016, http://www.thebhc.org/books-of-interest

Takeshi Hamashita, China, East Asia and the Global Economy: Regional and Historical Perspectives (New York: Routledge, 2008), Journal of International and Global Studies, April 2014