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HIST5610 China and the West

Semester 2 (2019-2020)

Lecture TimeFriday 6:30pm-8:15pm

VenueYIA 505


Lecturer PUK Wing Kin ((852) 3943 7062 /


Lecture 01 (10 Jan): Introduction: Methodology and Imagination: Modern China and the metaphors of ship

J. L. Cranmer-Byng ed., An Embassy to China: Lord Macartney’s Journal, 1793-1794 (1962), in Patrick Tuck ed., Britain and the China Trade 1635-1842 (London and New York: Routledge, 2000), vol. VIII.

Liu E (857-1909), trans. Yang Xianyi and Gladys Yang, The travels of Lao Can (Beijing: Chinese Literature, 1983), pp. 16-22.


Lecture 02 (17 Jan):  Western International Law

Lin Xuezhong林學忠, Cong wanguo gongfa dao gongfa waijiao: wanqing guojifa de chuanru, quanshi yu yingyong從萬國公法到公法外交:晚清國際法的傳入、詮釋與應用(Shanghai: Shanghai guji chubanshe, 2009).

Lam Hok-chung (Lin Xuezhong)林學忠, trans. Puk Wing-kin, “Learning the new law, envisioning the new world: Meiji Japan’s reading of Henry Wheaton”, Japanese Yearbook of International Law, Vol. 56 (2013), pp. 4-36.

The Bridge on the River Kwai, directed by David Lean (Horizon Pictures, 1957).


(24 Jan) Public Holiday: Chinese New Year


Lecture 03: New State (2020.01.31)

Hans van de Ven, Breaking with the Past: the Maritime Customs Service and the Global Origins of Modernity in China (New York: Columbia University Press, 2014).


Lecture 04: New Nation, New Citizen (2020.02.07)

Lu Xun, trans. Yang Xianyi and Gladys Yang, Call to Arms (Beijing: Foreign Languages Press, 1981, 1st ed), “The Story of Hair頭髮的故事”, pp.  39-44.

Henrietta Harrison, China (Inventing the Nation series, London: Arnold; New York: Co-published in the United States of America by Oxford University Press, 2001).


Lecture 05: Money and everyday life in early Republican era (2020.02.14)

Lu Xun, trans. Yang Xianyi and Gladys Yang, “Some Notions Jotted Down By Lamplight燈下漫筆”, in Lu Xun, Selected Works (Beijing: Foreign Languages Press, 1980, 3rd ed.), Vol. 2, pp. 148-150.


Lecture 06: Chinese workers in WWI (2020.02.21)

Xu Guoqi, Strangers on the Western Front: Chinese Workers in the Great War (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2011).


Lecture 07: Semester Paper Workshop (I) (2020.02.28)

Anthony Grafton, The Footnote: a Curious History (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1997).


Lecture 08: Semester Paper Workshop (II) (2020.03.06)


Lecture 09: Semester Paper Workshop (III) (2020.03.13)


Lecture 10: Semester Paper Workshop (IV) (2020.03.20)


Lecture 11: Semester Paper Workshop (V) (2020.03.27)


Lecture 12: Semester Paper Workshop (VI) (2020.04.03)


2020.04.10 Public Holiday: Easter


Lecture 13: Semester Paper Workshop and Conclusion (VII) (2020.04.17)

Assessment & Assignments

Semester Paper: 100%

  • Minimum 5,000 English words including footnotes.
  • No bibliography is needed.
  • To be submitted to Veriguide on or before 2020.05.08 Friday (one week after the last lecture). 
  • Delay of submission by one day lead to deduction of 10 marks, for instance, from 90 to 80, and so forth.

Total Mark: 100%


Topic of the semester paper: The Boxer Uprising 1900-1901: a study based on Lancelot Giles’ diary and other archives


Archives for tutorial presentation and discussion: The Siege of the Peking Legation: A Diary (Nedlands: University of Western Australia Press, 1970).



Tutorial: Friday 8:30pm – 9:15pm

* There will be eight sessions, all students are expected to attend all tutorials and make one oral presentation of about 10 minutes.

* The oral presentation covers assigned pages of

* Lancelot Giles, The Siege of the Peking Legation: A Diary (Nedlands: University of Western Australia Press, 1970).

* Tutorial counts for 10% of the total mark (100). Ten percent might mean little, but is vital to the writing of semester paper. So do please make an effort to attend all the tutorial sessions.

Honesty in Academic Work

Attention is drawn to University policy and regulations on honesty in academic work, and to the disciplinary guidelines and procedures applicable to breaches of such policy and regulations. Details may be found at

With each assignment, students will be required to submit a signed declaration that they are aware of these policies, regulations, guidelines and procedures.

  • In the case of group projects, all members of the group should be asked to sign the declaration, each of whom is responsible and liable to disciplinary actions, irrespective of whether he/she has signed the declaration and whether he/she has contributed, directly or indirectly, to the problematic contents.
  • For assignments in the form of a computer-generated document that is principally text-based and submitted via VeriGuide, the statement, in the form of a receipt, will be issued by the system upon students’ uploading of the soft copy of the assignment.

Assignments without the properly signed declaration will not be graded by teachers.

Only the final version of the assignment should be submitted via VeriGuide.

The submission of a piece of work, or a part of a piece of work, for more than one purpose (e.g. to satisfy the requirements in two different courses) without declaration to this effect shall be regarded as having committed undeclared multiple submissions. It is common and acceptable to reuse a turn of phrase or a sentence or two from one’s own work; but wholesale reuse is problematic. In any case, agreement from the course teacher(s) concerned should be obtained prior to the submission of the piece of work.

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