Late Imperial and Modern China: Research Seminar on Historical Documents

History 103F.002

Spring 2017
Instructor: 
Location: 
341 Starr Library
Class Number: 
#34302
Units: 
4

This seminar offers an overview of selected types of historical documents foundational to research projects in late imperial and modern Chinese history. It also pays attention to those institutions that produced and archived these materials. Included among the topics will be studies of palace memorials, local gazetteers, county archives, Republican municipal archives, official chronological compilations (shilu, shilue), Qing bibliographies, and Nationalist Party materials.  Students are expected to make regular library visits and to familiarize themselves with database collections.  Class assignments will include bibliographical essays and translation exercises. The term paper may be either an essay on a topic of the student’s choice that identifies sources and bibliographies in preparation for a research paper, or a critical evaluation of a historical genre as a source for research.

Wen-hsin Yeh is the Richard H. and Laurie C. Morrison Professor in the Department of History.