Readings in Traditional Chinese History (CHNS3640)


How did the early Chinese come to develop one of the world's great historiographical traditions? In their narratives of both exemplary and counter-exemplary behavior, what sort of personal qualities were thought to influence the course of history? How was social change perceived? Was there an understanding of "impersonal" forces of history, such as economics? These and other questions will be explored as we read in the rich sources left by premodern China's own historians. As some readings will be primary texts in the original, a good grounding in classical Chinese is assumed for this unit.

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3x1hr tutorials/week


1x1hr Exam (30%), 1x1500wd Essay (30%), 10x digital portfolio entries equivalent to 1500wds total (20%), 1xIn-Class presentation equivalent to 500wds (10%), Tutorial participation (10%)

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