Week 13: Nov. 20 and Nov. 22

Check you have done your assignments by Tue Nov. 19, 6pm.

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Wed. Nov. 20: Ming dynasty and the Europeans

  • Textbook: Hansen, Valerie. The Open Empire: A History of China to 1800. Chapter 10, part 2 (to end of Ch. 10)
  • Primary source 1: Letter from Li Zhi to a friend, about the Itialian Jesuit Matteo Ricci: (PDF)
          • Li, Zhi. A Book to Burn and a Book to Keep (hidden). Translated by Rebecca Handler-Spitz, Pauline C. Lee and Haun Saussy. Translations from the Asian Classics. New York: Columbia University Press, 2016.”Selections from Another Book to Burn, Part 2: Letters, “7. Letter to a friend”.)
  • Primary source 2: Two letters from Matteo Ricci to friends and associates in Europe: (PDF)
            • Matteo Ricci: Five Letters from China. Edited and translated by Gianni Criveller, Beijing: Beijing Center for Chinese Studies, 2011.
  • Primary source 3: Matteo Ricci’s world map with annotations: http://ricci.asianart.org/
            • The world map created by Matteo Ricci and Chinese collaborators in 1602 with sections annotated and translated- click on the pink boxes.
            • You can compare with the annotated map from Zheng He’s travels, available on this website.
  • Google form with your suggestions for the map and timeline.
  • Slides (Gdrive link)

Questions: What do the letters from Primary Source 1 and 2 reveal the encounter between East and West? What do they tell you about how each writer saw their own culture’s place in the world, and how did they see the “Other”? And does the world map help to change the Chinese world view, or not? Why?

Fri. Nov. 22: The rise of the Qing

  • Textbook: Hansen, Valerie. The Open Empire: A History of China to 1800Chapter 11, part 1 (pp. 384-404)
  • Primary source 1: Struve, Lynn A. Voices from the Ming-Qing Cataclysm : China in Tigers’ Jaws. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1993. (PDF)
            • Excerpt marked with red brackets, though you may continue reading to the end.
            • Diary of a survivor of the Yangzhou massacre of 1645 when the Manchu conquered southern China. How does this compare with the primary source from Wen Tianxiang (Song loyalist)?
  • Primary source 2: “Nurhaci’s Seven Grievances”. In The Search for Modern China: A Documentary Collection. Third edition. Edited by Janet Chen, Pei-Kai Cheng and Michael Lestz, with Jonathan Spence, 19-21. New York: W.W. Norton and Co., 2014. (PDF)
  • Google form with your suggestions for the map and timeline
  • Slides (Gdrive link)

Questions: How does the conquest of the Manchu resemble or differ from the Mongol conquest? What about the Han Chinese reactions?