Chinese History : A Manual
Paperback , 1100 pages
- Since publication of the first edition in 1998, Chinese History: A Manual has become an indispensable guide to researching traditional Chinese civilization and history. Updated through January, 2000, this revised and enlarged edition introduces new research problems and discusses some 4,300 primary, secondary, and reference works, an increase of 1,500 titles over the first edition. The temporal coverage of the work has been expanded to include the Republican period.
The basics (340 pages): the changing meanings of words; strategies for mastering the characters; choosing the right dictionary; personal names; tracing people; non-verbal salutations; the origins and meanings of place-names; locating places; converting dates; seasons, festivals, and vacations; telling the time from the Shang to the Republic; evaluating historical statistics; the conversion of weights and measures; money; locating primary sources; keeping up with the field.
Main types of primary sources (300 pages): archives; official and private historical writing; official communications; government institutions; law; the army; uprisings; encyclopaedias; literary anthologies; collected works; miscellaneous notes; philosophical, mythological, and religious works; popular literature; agriculture and the environment; food, medicine, and sex; technology and science; calligraphy, painting, music, geomancy, and architecture; women's studies; non-Han peoples inside China and at the borders; foreign accounts of China; Taiwan.
Key sources by period (400 pages): starting with the pre-Qin (Neolithic, Shang, and Zhou archaeology; the origins, structure, and evolution of Chinese characters; epigraphy; excavated andtransmitted texts; the Classics); thereafter primary sources and research tools for every period from the Qin to the Republic.
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|Paperback , 1100 pages||English|
|Harvard University Press (Apr. 25th, 2000)||2|
|9780674002494||5.84 x 9.18 x 2.06 inches|
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