Prof. Leo K. Shin
Buchanan Tower 1223
- Office hours:
- Wed/Th 14:00–15:00; and by appointment
- Course web site:
This course explores the history of China from the earliest times to the disintegration of the Tang empire (618–907). Its goals are to help students develop the language and tools to understand the origins and foundations of Chinese society and to initiate them to the art and techniques of historical analysis. This course challenges the stereotype of a monolithic and static China and encourages students to develop a critical understanding of the internal and external forces integrating and dividing this geo-cultural unit.
By the end of the term, students should be able to:
- identify some of the organizing themes in early Chinese history
- discuss the unity and diversity, changes and continuities, of early Chinese society
- come to an understanding of the nature of historical knowledge
|Research Paper (optional)||(35%)|
Students are expected to have completed the assigned readings before the first meeting of each week. Grading is based on the student's ability to synthesize and analyze the materials presented. In general, this course follows the grading practices outlined in the Academic Calendar:
This is a challenging course. Students are not expected to have prior knowledge of Chinese history, but they are expected to make serious efforts to learn to think historically.
|Sep. 6||Imagine UBC (no class)|
|Sep. 20||Last day to withdraw without the "W" standing|
|Oct. 4||Short Essay A due|
|Oct. 10||Thanksgiving Day|
|Oct. 14||Last day to withdraw|
|Oct. 20||Draft Library Assignment due|
|Oct. 24–||Mid-term Conversation|
|Nov. 11||Remembrance Day|
|Nov. 15||Short Essay B due|
|Nov. 29||Library Assignment due|
|Dec. 1||Last day of class|
|Dec. 6||Museum Assignment due|
|Dec. 13||Take-home examination/research paper due|
- Academic English Support
- History Writing Centre
- UBC Writing Centre
- Academic Integrity Resource Centre
- How to Cite
- How to Cite Asian-Language Sources
- Notes on Romanization
Alternative perspectives on Chinese history:
- Ebrey, Patricia Buckley. The Cambridge Illustrated History of China. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
- Gernet, Jacques. A History of Chinese Civilization. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
- Huang, Ray. China: A Macro History. Rev. ed. Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, 1997.
- Marks, Robert B. China: Its Environment and History. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2012.
- Ropp, Paul S., ed. Heritage of China: Contemporary Perspectives on Chinese Civilization. Berkeley & Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1990.
- Wills, John E., Jr. Mountain of Fame: Portraits in Chinese History. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1994.
- Chennault, Cynthia Louise and others, eds. Early Medieval Chinese Texts: A Bibliographical Guide. Berkeley: Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 2015.
- Loewe, Michael, ed. Early Chinese Texts: A Bibliographical Guide. Berkeley: Society for the Study of Early China and Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 1993.
- Shaughnessy, Edward L., ed. China: Empire and Civilization. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.
- Xiong, Victor Cunrui, ed. Historical Dictionary of Medieval China. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 2009.
- Timeline of Chinese History and Dynasties (Columbia University)
- How to Memorize China's Major Dynasties? (ChinaX)
- Visual Sourcebook of Chinese Civilization (University of Washington)
- Chinaknowledge (Ulrich Theobald)
Arts and artifacts:
- Cahill, James. A Pure and Remote View and Gazing into the Past .
- Clunas, Craig. Art in China. 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.
- National Museum of Chinese History, ed. A Journey into China's Antiquity. 4 vols. Beijing: Morning Glory Publishers, 1997.
- Sullivan, Michael. The Arts of China. 5th ed. Berkeley & Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2008.
- Thorp, Robert L., and Richard Ellis Vinograd. Chinese Art and Culture. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2001.
- Watson, William. The Arts of China to AD 900. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995.
- Museum of Anthropology
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art
- The British Museum
Translation of Chinese sources:
- Chan, Wing-tsit. A Source Book in Chinese Philosophy. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1963.
- de Bary, Wm. Theodore, et al., eds. Sources of Chinese Tradition. 2nd ed. 2 vols. New York: Columbia University Press, 1999–2000.
- Ebrey, Patricia Buckley, ed. Chinese Civilization: A Sourcebook. 2nd ed. New York: The Free Press, 1993.
- Lopez, Donald S., Jr., ed. Religions of China in Practice. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1996.
- Mair, Victor H., ed. The Columbia Anthology of Traditional Chinese Literature. New York: Columbia University Press, 1994.
- Mair, Victor H., Nancy S. Steinhardt, and Paul R. Goldin, eds. Hawai'i Reader in Traditional Chinese Culture. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2005.
- Nienhauser, William H., ed. The Indiana Companion to Traditional Chinese Literature. 2 vols. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1986–98. (Not an anthology but a very useful guide to translated sources)
- Owen, Stephen, ed. and trans. An Anthology of Chinese Literature, Beginnings to 1911. New York: W. W. Norton, 1996.
- Swartz, Wendy, Robert Ford Campany, Yang Lu, and Jessey J. C. Choo, eds. Early Medieval China: A Sourcebook. New York : Columbia University Press, 2014.