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A Companion to Chinese History by Michael Szonyi

By Michael Szonyi

A spouse to chinese language historical past offers a set of essays delivering a finished assessment of the newest highbrow advancements within the research of China’s historical past from the traditional previous up until eventually the current day. Covers the key traits within the learn of chinese language historical past from antiquity to the current day Considers the most recent scholarship of historians operating in China and world wide Explores numerous long-range questions and issues which serves to bridge the normal divide among China’s conventional and sleek eras Addresses China’s connections with different international locations and areas and allows non-specialists to make comparisons with their very own fields good points dialogue of conventional themes and chronological ways in addition to more moderen topics equivalent to chinese language heritage with regards to sexuality, nationwide id, and the surroundings

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This does not make either the Records of the Scribe or the Commentary of Zuo any less important as historical sources. On the contrary, because they often provide the only available written evidence on many of the famous people and events of ancient history, they are basic historical sources (jiben shiliao). But a basic source is not necessarily a primary one. Basic sources need to be contextualized and read with the same critical attention to the author’s or compilers’ intentions as any other primary or secondary work.

They apply a regional approach because by grounding themselves in a particular region they find it easier to measure the impact of the state at the local level (Deng and Chen 1988). In this work the nested hexagonal models of central place theory applied by the American anthropologist G. William Skinner (1925–2008) to Sichuan to analyze its marketing systems has been a spring of inspiration for Chinese historians engaged in regional analysis. Skinner’s research was first introduced into China in the early 1980s, yet the first complete Chinese translation of his “Marketing and Social Structure in Rural chinese history in china 33 China” (Skinner 1964a; 1965a, 1965b) did not come out in mainland China until 1998.

Since 1999, more than 150 “key research institutes” have been founded. The abovementioned social history studies group at Nankai was further institutionalized with the founding of the Centre for Social History of China, which was soon endorsed by the MoE as one of the key research institutes. “Historical anthropology” in China, on the other hand, was still a new frontier full of uncertainties in some people’s eyes. The venture was developed by Sun Yat‐sen University with the founding of the Centre for Historical Anthropology, which was later approved as one of the key research institutes by the MoE.

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