A Companion to Chinese History by Michael Szonyi

By Michael Szonyi

A spouse to chinese language heritage provides a set of essays providing a complete assessment of the most recent highbrow advancements within the research of China’s historical past from the traditional prior up until eventually the current day. Covers the key traits within the examine of chinese language heritage from antiquity to the current day Considers the newest scholarship of historians operating in China and world wide Explores numerous long-range questions and topics which serves to bridge the traditional divide among China’s conventional and glossy eras Addresses China’s connections with different countries and areas and allows non-specialists to make comparisons with their very own fields good points dialogue of conventional issues and chronological methods in addition to more moderen topics akin to chinese language heritage when it comes to sexuality, nationwide identification, and the surroundings

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Michael Loewe, ed. Society for the Study of Early China and IEAS, 1993. sinica. htm. Internet Guide for Chinese Studies. de/igcs. To update it use the lists of digital resources for China studies available at research institutes and university library OPACs. Academia Sinica, for e­xample, lists all its databases on its website. Chapter Three Chinese History in China: The State of the Field (1980s–2010s) May‐bo Ching Introduction Never before have historians in mainland China published as prolifically on Chinese h­istory as since the 1980s.

The website of CBDB provides examples of how to map its data and also for prosopographical and social network analysis. It is customary to warn of the dangers of using digitized texts on the grounds that they often contain errors introduced during the course of digitization or that the best editions were not used; or because of the pitfalls of “cherry‐picking,” that is, taking words or events out of context. This last caveat reminds me of the tut‐tutting in the Song dynasty by scholars such as Zhu Xi who warned that the introduction of printing would undermine scholarship because students would no longer memorize texts.

One obvious starting point for Qing historians is to use the Comprehensive Catalogue of Works by Qing Writers (Qingren zhushu zongmu, forthcoming) that is intended to list all known works in Chinese, written, edited, translated, or published, during the Qing, whether the works are extant or not. There are 227,000 entries in this catalogue of which about half have been lost. The catholicity of the definition of “books” and the inclusion of extant and lost works enables a comprehensive and hitherto unavailable overview of print and manuscript culture in the Qing.

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