Chinese Bibliography

History 280F.002

Spring 2014
Section: 
.002
Instructor: 
Location: 
2231 DWINELLE
Day & Time: 
Th 2-4P
CCN: 
39840
Units: 
4
This course uses Endymion Wilkinson's comprehensive Chinese History: A Manual (3rd edition) as a convenient guide to the available materials. Weekly exercises will illustrate the nature and use of the main research tools discussed in Wilkinson, and will thereby gradually build a flexible apparatus of resources. The weekly three-hour seminar will serve as a place for discussion, not only of the practical exercises but of hermeneutics and of other methodological and academic matters. What kind of questions can we answer with the research tools at our disposal? How do the research tools influence the questions we ask? How can we use the different kinds of sources for historical research? How do our categories, concerns, and epistemologies relate to those of the primary sources? How do we distinguish between primary and secondary materials, and what is the relationship between them?