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Patricia B. Ebrey
HSTAS 552
Seattle Campus

Seminar in Chinese History: Earliest Times to 1276

Methods and materials for research in early imperial Chinese history. Prerequisite: reading knowledge of classical Chinese; recommended: either HSTAS 452, HSTAS 550, HSTAS 551, or equivalent.

Class description

The goal of this course is to give students a practical knowledge of the primary sources for the study of Chinease history, with most examples drawn from the Song dynasty. The uses and limitations of different types of sources (letters, gazatteers, biographies, genealogies, inscriptions, government documents, and so on) will be discussed.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

discussion and presentations

Recommended preparation

Reading knowledge of classical Chinese.

Class assignments and grading

There will be homework assignments each week involving the examination of various types of historical sources. Each student will also complete a project and present it in class. Depending on students' interests and language ability, the projects can range from annotated translations of a source to study of a text or preperation of an annotated bibliography of the primary sources on a topic.

Projects and participation will both count toward the grade


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Patricia B. Ebrey
Date: 10/17/2008