Chinese History: A Manual

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Harvard Univ Asia Center, 2000 - History - 1181 pages
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Since publication of the first edition in 1998, Chinese History: A Manual has become an indispensable guide to researching the civilization and history of China. Updated through January 2000, the second edition discusses some 4,300 primary, secondary, and reference works, an increase of 1,500 titles over the first edition. The temporal coverage has been expanded to include the Republican period; sections on nonverbal salutations, weights and measures, money, and furniture have been added; the chapters on language, etymology, people, geography, chronology, warfare, leishu, food, and the Chinese world order have been thoroughly revised; and the subject index has been enlarged to include 2,500 technical terms.

  

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Contents

Recent Historiographical Trends
1
The Dynasties
10
Language
17
Seven Main Annual Festivals in Late Imperial China 188
41
The Number of Characters
45
Component Parts of Characters
53
Dictionaries
60
Definitions of Dao jjj
70
Z7 Historical Genres
481
Primary and Secondary Sources
483
Archives and Other Collections of Original Documents
487
The Standard Histories 50305
493
Annals
495
Standard Histories
501
Monographs in the Standard Histories
512
Topically Arranged Histories
516

People
94
The Ages of Man
99
SelfDeprecatory Expressions and Honorific Salutations
104
Geography
131
The Origins of the Names of the Provinces
137
The Contents of Local Gazetteers
155
Chronology
170
The Tiangan jf and the Dizhi
176
The Ganzhif Cycle
177
The Twelve Animal Signs
184
The Jieqi gp System
186
Telling the Time
198
Chinese Hours in Imperial Times 12 chen Jfc 21112
211
The Compass Names for the 24 Hours
213
Statistics
220
Big Numbers
221
Very Small Numbers
224
PreQin
236
QinQing
237
Conversion of Historic Values
238
Conversion of Historic Values
243
Guides and Encyclopaedias
254
Locating Books
261
The History Branch in the Siku Classification
270
Dynastic Bibliographies
272
Locating Secondary Sources
293
Libraries
319
Archaeology
341
PreQin Archaeology
356
Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Cultures
359
Prehistoric Signs and Symbols
373
OracleBone Inscriptions
389
Evolution and Structure
407
Main Script Forms
408
Modern Movable Typefaces
410
Epigraphy
427
From Bamboo Strips to Printed Books
444
Excavated and Transmitted Texts
454
Main Textual Sources for PreQin History 46571
465
The Shisanjing Thirteen Classics
475
The Classics Branch in the Siku Classification
478
Miscellaneous Histories
518
Government Institutions
522
Huiyaofr
523
Shitong +i
526
The Qing Examination System
529
Official Communications
532
Law
539
War
554
Other Primary Sources
565
Myth and Religion
567
Literary Anthologies and Collected Works
593
Leishu
601
Biji 4jHd
610
Philosophical Works
613
Popular Literature
617
Agriculture Food and the Environment
625
Medicine
658
Technology and Science
667
Calligraphy Painting and Music
686
Womens Studies
697
NonHan Peoples Inside China
707
NonHan Peoples Outside China
721
The Imperial Encyclopaedia W1z 60607
736
Foreign Accounts of China
750
Primary Sources by Period
773
Guides
775
Qin and Han
780
Wei Jin NanBei Chao
808
Sui Tang and Five Dynasties
818
Song
844
Liao Xi Xia Jin and Yuan
862
Ming
879
Qing
898
The Republic
981
Publishers
1053
Index of Terms Explained
1065
Index of Names
1081
Index of Book and Periodical Titles
1103
Subject Index
1159
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