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 early modern times. We will focus on how history tells a story: are some aspects of that story "factual" while others are invented or fictional? How were individuals seen as influencing history? In contrast, how did historians perceive and portray "impersonal" forces of history, such as economics or large-scale interactions with foreign peoples? What was the role of moral judgements? Did it conflict with the value placed on factual recording? 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%)
(CHNS3000 and CHNS3001) or (CHNS2611 and CHNS2612)Prohibitions