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HIST5508WT Special Topics in Chinese History: War, State, and Society in Ancient China (from early period to the sixth century AD)

Semester 1 (2023-2024)

Lecture TimeFriday, 18:30 - 21:15

VenueLT1, Esther Lee Building (ELB LT1)


Lecturer TSE Wai Kit Wicky (39431762 /

Teaching Assistant YE Shunan (

Course Description



9/8   導論:戰爭、國家與社會

9/15  早期社會的集體暴力

9/22  西周的武士國家

9/29  春秋的貴族武裝

10/6  戰國的軍事化措置

10/13 在亂世中思考戰爭

10/20 帝國的戰略順序

10/27 地域文化與帝國興衰

11/3   宗教信仰與暴力橫行

11/10 族群、正統與戰爭

11/17 分組報告

11/24 分組報告

12/1   分組報告

Assessment & Assignments

(一)學期論文 60%


(二)分組口頭報告 40%




  1. 《商君書》〈戰法〉、〈立本〉析論
  2. 《呂氏春秋》〈決勝篇〉析論
  3. 荀子》〈議兵篇〉析論
  4. 《淮南子》〈兵略訓〉析論
  5. 《漢書》〈爰盎晁錯傳〉中的晁錯〈言兵事疏〉析論



12/11 以電郵方式繳交期末論文

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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.

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