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Modern China, 1840–1972

An Introduction to Sources and Research Aids

Subjects: Asian Studies, China
Open Access : 9780472901869, 95 pages, 6 x 9, June 2020
Paperback : 9780472038268, 95 pages, 6 x 9, January 2021

Open access edition funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities / Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Humanities Open Book Program
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Research aid for graduate students of modern China on how to find sources


Graduate students have traditionally learned a good part of what they know about sources and research aids on modern China through hearsay and serendipity, in unsystematic and unreliable bits and pieces. The field has now developed to the point where this need not and ought not to be so. It is now possible for beginning researchers to start with some shared basic knowledge of research aids and documentary resources. This research guide is meant to provide that knowledge. The user of this guide is envisaged as an American graduate student in history or the social sciences who is already familiar with the major English-language secondary literature on modern China and is about to begin original research, either for a seminar paper or for a dissertation.

Andrew J. NATHAN is Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science and a faculty member of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University.