Week 10: Oct. 30 and Nov. 1

Check you have done your assignments by Tue Oct. 29, 6pm.

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Wed. Oct. 30

  • Textbook: Hansen, Valerie. The Open Empire, chapter 7 (pp. 248-273).
  • Primary source: Lu You, excerpt from A Journey into Shu [=Sichuan]. From Inscribed Landscapes: Travel Writing from Imperial China. Translated by Richard Strassberg, 209-212.(PDF)
          • With additional background info and intro attached. Travel writing was a very important genre to the Song officials, who were posted all across the empire, often far away from their extended family and friends, for long periods at a time.
          • Translation is in Wade Giles transcription, hence Lu You is written Lu Yu.
  • Brainstorming for topics for next primary source analysis
  • OPTIONAL EXTRA: Interactive website with annotations to the “Qingming Scroll” (note: requires Flash; does not work in Chrome)
  • Slides (Gdrive link)

Fri. Nov. 1

  • Textbook: Hansen, Valerie. The Open Empire: A History of China to 1800Chapter 8- part 1 (pp. 274-289)
  • Primary sources:
    • Dudbridge, Glen. A Portrait of Five Dynasties China : From the Memoirs of Wang Renyu (880-956). Oxford Oriental Monographs. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.(PDF)
              • Two sections marked in red brackets, the rest is for background. Chapter 7: The Khitan. Selection of two short memoirs, pp. 152-53 and pp. 155-56.
              • Wang Renyu was a Han Chinese man who lived through the devastation of the Tang-Song wars and political turmoil. How does he explain this turmoil and the breakdown of society? What are his views on the Khitan?
    • Franke, Herbert. “The “treatise On Punishments in the Liao History“. Central Asiatic Journal 27, no. 1/2 (1983): 9-38. (two excerpts, pp. 13-14 and pp. 28-29) (PDF)
              • Two sections marked in red brackets, the rest is for background. A brief excerpt of the official history of the Liao, on the punishments. It may be useful to compare with the Qin and Tang legal codes. Do you find similarities? Differences? What might be the reasons?
  • Slides (Gdrive link)