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Classical Historiography for Chinese History

Research guide for Chinese Historiography

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  • Balazs, Etienne, et al. Aspects de la Chine, 2 vols. Paris: Presses Universitaire de France, 1959.
  • Bodde, Derk. China's Gifts to the West. Washington: American Council on Education, 1942, and Chinese Ideas in the West. Same as above, 1948.
  • Dawson, Raymond, ed. The Legacy of China. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1964.
  • Ebrey, Patricia Buckley, & Kwang-Ching Liu. The Cambridge Illustrated History of China. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996. Also available as paperback.
  • Elvin, Mark, The Retreat of the Elephants: An Environmental History of China. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004.
  • ---, and Ts'ui-jung Liu, eds. Sediments of Time: Environment and Society in Chinese History. Cambridge University Press, 1997.
  • Fairbank, John King. The United States and China. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, rev. ed., 1958; revised paperback ed., New York: Compass Books, 1962.
  • Hershatter, Gail, et al. Remapping China: Fissures in Historical Terrain. Stanford University Press, 1996.
  • Huters, Ted, R. Bin Wong, & Pauline Yu, eds. Culture and State in Chinese History: Conventions, Accommodations, and Critiques. Stanford University Press, 1997.
  • Hudson, Geoffrey F. Europe and China: A Survey of Their Relations from the Earliest Times to 1800.
  • Lattimore, Owen. Inner Asian Frontiers of China. New York: American Geographical Society, 2nd ed., 1951; paperback reprint, Boston: Beacon Press, 1962.
  • McDermott, Joseph P., ed. State and Court Ritual in China. Cambridge University Press,1998. Broad-ranging examination of Chinese state and court ritual from 1000 BC to AD 1750.
    • Contents: 1. Introduction, Joseph P. McDermott; 2. Ancient Chinese ritual as seen in the material record, Jessica Rawson; 3. The Feng and Shan sacrifices of Emperor Wu of the Han, Mark Edward Lewis; 4. The imperial way of death in Han China, Michael Loewe; 5. The Emperor as Bodhisattva; the Bodhisattva ordination and ritual assemblies of Emperior Wu of the Liang Dynasty, Andreas Janousch; 6. The death rites of Tan Daizong, David L. McMullen; 7. The ceremony of gratitude, Oliver Moore; 8. The imperial household cults, Robert L. Chard; 9. The Emperior in the village: representing the state in south China, David Faure; 10. Emperor, elites, and commoners; the community pact ritual of the Late Ming, Joseph P. McDermott; 11. Manchu Shamanic ceremonies at the Qing court, Nicola Di Cosmo; 12. On theatre and theory; reflections on ritual in imperial Chinese politics, James Laidlaw. University of Cambridge Oriental Publications 54, c. 448 pp. Hardback 0-521-62157-7, $79.95*
  • Mote, F. W. Imperial China 900-1800. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2000; 2003.
  • Needham, Joseph. Science and Civilization in China. Multi- vols. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1954-. For each volume see under "15: Chinese Science" below.
    • Vol. I: Introductory Orientations; Vol. II: History of Scientific Thought; Vol. III: Mathematics and the Science of the Heavens and the Earth; Vol. IV: Physics and Physical Technology. Vol. V: Chemistry and Chemical Technology; Vol VI: Biology and Biological Technology, etc.
  • Rawski, Thomas, & Lillian Li, eds. Chinese History in Economic Perspective. Berkeley: UC Press, 1992.
  • Sun, E-tu Zen, & John DeFrancis, trans. Chinese Social History. Washington: American Council of Learned Societies, 1965.
  • Willmott, W. E. Economic Organization in Chinese Society. Stanford University Press, 1972.
  • Yung, Bell, Evelyn Rawski, & Rubie Watson. Harmony and Counterpoint: Ritual Music in Chinese Context. Stanford University Press, 1996.