A paper of about 8 pages. Your paper must refer to class readings
and lectures, and give footnotes to them, showing how your reading
in the book you chose to read has given you greater understanding of
class materials. (will upload them later )
Below are the books I?ve picked. All five of them relate Chinese history
the lives of real people. Your job is to show how reading about the events
or situations we?ve studied as they were actually experienced enhances your
understanding of Chinese history
. As noted above, it is absolutely necessary for
you to relate the books to class lectures and readings.
Joseph W. Esherick, Ancestral Leaves: A Family Journey through Chinese History
Henrietta Harrison, The Man Awakened from Dreams: One Man?s Life in a
North China Village, 1857-1942.
Stephen R. Platt, Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom: China, the West, and the
Epic Story of the Taiping Civil War.
Ida Pruitt, Daughter of Han.
Jonathan D. Spence, The Gate of Heavenly Peace: The Chinese
For the paper, please start by briefly saying what the book is about. Then
relate a number of episodes from it (five to eight of these), explaining how they
supplement, clarify, or speak differently from what we?ve gone over in class
readings and lectures.
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