How did China develop one of the world's greatest traditions of history-writing? We will explore the writing of history in China from oracle bones to modern times. We will focus on how history tells a story: which aspects of that story are "factual" and which are invented or fictional? Other questions include: How were individuals seen as influencing history? How was social change perceived? How were "impersonal" forces of history, such as economics, understood? What was the role of moral judgements? Readings include primary sources by in classical Chinese and secondary readings in English.
1x1hr lecture/week, 1x2hr tutorials/week
1x1000wd test (25%), 1x1500wd essay (25%), 10x120 research reports (25%), 2x400wd in-class presentations (10%), class participation (15%)
(CHNS1303 and CHNS1304) or (CHNS2611 and CHNS2612)Prohibitions