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TSE Wai Kit, Wicky

BA, MPhil (CUHK); PhD (University of Pennsylvania)
Associate Professor, Department of History, CUHK


Address: Room 111, Fung King Hey Building, CUHK, NT, Hong Kong
Phone: (852) 3943 1762

My main research interests are in the history of violence, warfare, ethnicity, and frontier formation in early imperial China—roughly refers to the period between late third century BC and the sixth century AD. My current research centers on the questions of, firstly, what violence, with a particular focus on but not limited to war and warfare, meant, and why it took the form it did, within the socio-political structure; secondly, how warfare shaped, and was being shaped by, various aspects of Chinese society and culture in the early imperial era; and thirdly, how regional cultures interacted with the process of militarization of society in early imperial China.

For teaching, I was fortunate enough to have many good mentors, from whom I have learned how to be a committed teacher. I believe teaching is the one profession that creates all other professions; therefore, I am proud to be a teacher and devote myself wholeheartedly to teaching my students. And I would love to keep on my passion of teaching and further sharing my intellectual pursuit with students.

Research Projects

  1. 2018.1-2020.12
    War as a Necessary Evil—Violence and Warfare in Early Medieval China
                General Research Fund (GRF) by the HKSAR Research Grants Council

  2. 2016.1-2018.6
    Forging a New Political Order on the Edge of the Empire:
    Legitimacy, Ethnicity, and the Northwestern Borderlands in Early Medieval China
                Early Career Scheme (ECS) by the HKSAR Research Grants Council

Selected Publications


  1. The Collapse of China’s Later Han Dynasty, 25–220 CE: The Northwest Borderlands and the Edge of Empire (London: Routledge, 2018).

Articles and book chapters

  1. “Fabricating Legitimacy in a Peripheral Regime: Imperial Loyalism and Regionalism in the Northwestern Borderlands under the Rule of the Former Liang (301-376).” Early Medieval China 24 (2018): 108-130.
  2. “The Latter Han Empire and the End of Antiquity,” in the Routledge Handbook of Early Chinese History, edited by Paul Goldin (London: Routledge, 2018), pp. 180-196.
  3.  “Warfare,” in the Routledge Handbook of Early Chinese History, edited by Paul Goldin (London: Routledge, 2018), pp. 319-335.
  4.  “Cutting the Enemy’s Line of Supply: The Rise of the Tactic and Its Use in Early Chinese Warfare.” Journal of Chinese Military History 6.2 (2017): 131-156.
  5. 〈何謂「中古」?——「中古」一詞及其指涉時段在中國史學中的模塑〉,載《中國中古史集刊》(第二輯),北京:商務印書館,2016,頁 3-19。
  6. 〈漢宣帝一朝的大戰略取向及其決策原因試探 〉,載黎明釗編 《漢帝國的制度與社會秩序》香港:牛津大學出版社,2012,頁185-206。
  7. 〈論漢高帝一朝的北境動亂〉, 《漢學研究 》25.1 (2007): 31-58。
  8. 〈長平之戰(前260): 大戰略失調所導致的軍事災難〉,《中國文化研究所學報 》45 (2005): 1-22。
  9. 〈「正統」、「德運」與「漢化」──略論北魏的推定德運〉, 收入黎明釗、李廣健、范家偉主編:《史學傳薪:社會、學術、文化的探索》,香港:中華書局, 頁131-153。
  10. 〈孫吳彈性外交述論〉,《漢學研究 》22.1 (2004): 21-46。
  11. 〈高歡「功臣集團」的形成與東魏的政治衝突〉,《中國文化研究所學報》 新11期 (2002): 85-118.

Book reviews

  1. “Review of Yuri Pines, The Book of Lord Shang: Apologetics of State Power in Early China.” Journal of Chinese Military History 8 (2019): 107-109.
  2. “Review of Rafe de Crespigny, Fire over Luoyang: A History of the Later Han Dynasty, 23-220 AD.” Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society Series 3, 2017. doi:10.1017/S1356186317000074
  3. “Review of K. E. Brashier, Public Memory in Early China,” Frontiers of History in China 1.1 (2016): 163-166.
  4. “Review of Military Culture in Imperial China, edited by Nicola Di Cosmo,” Frontiers of History in China 6.3 (2011): 463-466
  5. “Review of Mark Edward Lewis, China between Empires: The Northern and Southern Dynasties.” (in Chinese) Hanxue Yanjiu 漢學研究 (Chinese Studies) 28.1 (March 2010): 389-396.
  6. “Review of David A. Graff, Medieval Chinese Warfare, 300-900.” (in Chinese) Hanxue Yanjiu 漢學研究 (Chinese Studies) 20.2 (Dec 2002): 431-438.
  7. “Review of Li Ping, Bei Wei Pingcheng shidai (The Pingcheng Era of the Northern Wei Dynasty, 386-534 CE)" 評李憑《北魏平城時代》. Xin Shi Xue 新史學 (New History) Vol. XI, no. 4 (Dec 2000): 123-129.