The format of Sources in Chinese History assumes the use of outside readings or a textbook, but for the more adventurous it could also be used as a standalone sourcebook. Each chapter begins with a short introductory essay that examines a key event, personage, or theme from the period covered by the chapter. In addition, the authors have selected perspectives that help to orient the student to the issues, trends and challenges of each particular period, and hope that the different viewpoints presented will lead students to rethink the way in which historical events are commonly understood.
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Glance at any recent newspaper, magazine or mainstream website and one will encounter some mention of China. The number of Americans and Europeans studying the Chinese language has soared in recent years. Foreign investment in China and Chinese exports to the world are increasing at a record pace. Western political leaders ponder how to join or combat the country’s expanding influence. Yet, this emerging “discovery” of China should more correctly be described as a “re-discovery.” European and American churches have sent missionaries to China for more than five centuries. Western traders and businesses have sought Chinese products, and pursued new markets for their own goods, for a commensurate period. Still, this newfound interest in China suggests there is a need for a sourcebook that goes beyond the narrow boundaries of political and intellectual thought; a sourcebook that explores the broad cultural, social and ethnic trends that are the foundation of a 21st century China.
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Book Description Pearson, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 013233089X
Book Description Pearson, 2009. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Diverse sources This collection includes a broad spectrum of perspectives and ideas. Within the scope of documents included, we have chosen to emphasize three categories that are all significant but also often underemphasized. First, we have included an array of sources on women topics like the education of women in late imperial China, women's role in China's revolutions, as well as the evolving notions of "modern love" and dating in 20 th century China. Second, there is a significant sampling of Chinese literature that permits comparisons both across time and within a single era. Finally, we have given popular culture an important place among the documents by including translations of advertisements, movie dialogues, and wall posters. Emphasis on Historiographical Debates One of our main goals when we set out to create a new sourcebook was to highlight inherent historiographical issues. As we compiled the documents we paid considerable attention to the types of documents and, in numerous instances, the manner in which we sequenced them in order to promote a greater awareness of the different ways history can be told and interpreted. For example, propaganda from various periods of the People's Republic of China and culturally prejudiced sources - both Western and Chinese, - from the nineteenth-century are included. By incorporating such obviously "loaded" source material, an immediacy and intimacy is brought to China's contentious past that is otherwise lost to the modern student. Analysis of Visual Sources To encourage students to move beyond simply reading about history, each chapter is introduced by a visual document from the era to be examined. We have selected a variety of sources including a Qing memorial to the throne, Cultural Revolution era posters, as well as political cartoons and advertisements. Each visual source includes eight to ten comments that offer translations of any Chinese text, background information, and information that should allow students to begin to tease out significant issues "imbedded" in the document. Ample Pedagogy Each chapter begins with a short introductory essay that examines a key event, personage, or theme from the period covered by the chapter. These are written to supplement not replace the accompanying textbook narratives. We have selected perspectives that help to orient the student to the issues, trends and challenges of each particular period. We hope the different viewpoints presented will lead students to rethink the way in which historical events are commonly understood Every document included in the sourcebook is preceded by a short headnote. The headnotes serve different purposes: some offer basic background information, others introduce key personages and still others seek to highlight the significance of the document. They are not meant to be exhaustive or comprehensive. Rather they attempt to set a tone so the reader may correctly place the document in its historical context. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_013233089X