香港中文大學 歴史系 歴史系

HIST5011A 比較史及公眾史的視野

2022-23年度 第一學期

時間星期六 10:30 - 13:15

地點李兆基樓5號演講廳 (LSK LT5)


課程講師 卜永堅 (39437062 /

助教 胡芷妡 (


The study of history is at once a science, an art and a craft. Why? In what sense? Comparative History sounds self-explanatory, but what is Public History? How do we “do” history, whether comparative, public or other types of history? This course answers these question with concrete case study. Different types of historical archives will be selected, and ways with which these archives are interpreted will be demonstrated. Major themes of historical study in general, and comparative and public history in particular, will be explored.


Learning Outcomes

 By the end of the course, students will:

*     Have enhanced awareness and curiosity of professional historical knowledge and its relevance to today’s major issues or personal concerns;

*     Have enhanced judgment to distinguish narratives from facts;

*     Have enhanced ability to practice the craft, science and art of historical research;

*     Have enhanced reading, writing, and oral expression skills.


Two Important Websites

*   CUHK Blackboard in which all course materials are uploaded:

*   CUHK History Department Course Website:


[To be revised and updated]


Lecture 01 (2022.09.10): What is Public History?

(1)   C. Wesley Johnson, Jr., “Editor’s Preface,” The Public Historian, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Fall 1978), pp. 4-10.

(2)   The Public Historian, various issues from 1978 to 2022.

(3)   Kevin Passmore, “History and Historiography since 1945”, Roger E. Backhouse and Philippe Fontaine eds., A Historiography of the Modern Social Sciences (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014), pp. 29-61.

(4)   Paul A. Cohen, History in Three Keys: the Boxers as Event, Experience, and Myth (New York: Columbia University Press, 1997).


Lecture 02 (2022.09.17): Case One: Two tales of Boxers

(1)   Paul A. Cohen, History in Three Keys: the Boxers as Event, Experience, and Myth (New York: Columbia University Press, 1997).

(2)   “Boxers at Earl’s Court: An Interesting Interview”, The North – China Herald and Supreme Court & Consular Gazette, 25th September 1901, p. 612.

(3)   Henrietta Harrison, “The Boxer Uprising and the Souls in Purgatory,” The Missionary’s Curse and Other Tales from a Chinese Catholic Village (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2013), 92-115.


Lecture 03 (2022.09.24): Case Two: Two Funerals, One Republic

(1)   “The Late President’s Funeral,” The North – China Herald and Supreme Court & Consular Gazette, 17 June 1916, p. 619.

(2)   “Funeral Service to Yuan,” The North – China Herald and Supreme Court & Consular Gazette, 30 June 1916, pp. 726-72.

(3)   Henrietta Harrison, The Making of the Republican Citizen: Political Ceremonies and Symbols in China, 1911-1929 (Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2000).

(4)   Lu Xun, “Taiping gejue太平歌訣[Chant for Peace],” (first published on 30 April 1928), Luxun quanji 4 (Beijing: Renmin chubanshe, 2005), 104-105.


2022.10.01 Public Holiday – National Day. NO CLASS


Lecture 04 (2022.10.08): Case Three: The three lives of Shanghai Lil

(1)   Lloyd Bacon, Footlight Parade (Warner Bros, 1933).

(2) Shima Koji島耕二, Shanhai Gaeri No Ri Ru上海帰りのリル (Tokyo: Shintoho新東寶and Sougeiporo総芸プロ, 1952).

(3)   Chu-Ko Ching-Yun諸葛青雲 and Yang Ching-Chen楊靜塵, Shanghai Lil and the Sun Luck Kid, also known as Hao Ke豪客 (Hong Kong: The Shaw Brothers, 1973).


Lecture 05 (2022.10.15): Case Four: One Evil (Spitting), Two Remedies [CUHK Orientation Day. Lecture venue temporarily changed]

(1)   Lord Macartney, ed. J. L. Craner-Byng, An Embassy to China—Being the Journal kept by Lord Macartney during his embassy to the Emperor Ch’ien-lung 1793-1794 (London: Longman, 2000), 224-225.

(2)   Sun Yat-sen, trans. Pashal M. D’Elia, The Triple Demism of Sun Yat-sen (Wuchang: The Franciscan Press, 1931), 195-199.

(3)   Sigard Adolphus Knopf, “The Present Aspect of the Tuberculosis problem in the United States (2),” The Journal of the American Medical Association XXXIX, No. 22 (November 29, 1902), 1367-1373.

(4)   Charles Dickens, American Notes for General Circulation (1842, rpt. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009), 272-274.

(5)   雷祥麟,〈以公共痰盂為傲?香港、紐約與上海的反吐痰運動〉,《中央研究院近代史研究所集刊》,第98卷(2017年12月), 頁1-47。

(6)   雷祥麟,〈公共痰盂的誕生:香港的反吐痰爭議與華人社群的回應〉,《中央研究院近代史研究所集刊》,第96卷(2017年6月),頁61-95。


Lecture 06 (2022.10.22): Case Five: The “martyred” Guo Qinguang

(1)   羅家倫口述,馬偉(星野)筆記,〈蔡元培時代的北京大學與五四運動〉,原刊於《傳記文學》第54卷第5期(1989年5月), 收入李瑞騰、莊宜文主編,《羅家倫與五四運動-史料篇》(桃園:中央大學,2019),頁167-191。

(2)   〈為國犧牲者郭欽光之事略〉,《益世報》,1919年5月13日,第3頁。

(3)   〈追悼郭烈士大會紀〉,《申報》,1919年6月1日,第11頁。


 Lecture 07 (2022.10.29): Case Six: Mass Media

(1)   Bryna Goodman, “Semi-Colonialism, Transnational Networks and News Flows in Early Republican Shanghai,” China Review 4, no. 1 (Spring 2004): 55-88.

(2)   He Qiliang, Newspapers and the Journalistic Public in Republican China: 1917 as a Significant Year of Journalism (London: Routledge, 2019).

(3)   Li Zigui, “The ‘impartial not neutral’ Old Lady on the Bund: a history of the North-China Herald (1850-1900)” (PhD Thesis, Department of History, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2020).

(4)   Puk Wing Kin, “North China Herald’s View of the May Fourth Incident”, Journalism History 47, No. 3 (2021): 251-262.

(5)   熊玉文,《在華英美報刊與五四運動》(北京:社會科學文獻出版社,2021)。


Lecture 08 (2022.11.05): Case Seven: The “Sacred” Laborer

(1)   陳三井,《華工與歐戰》(臺北:中央研究院,1986)。

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

(3) Daryl Klein, With the Chinks (London: John Lane the Bodley Head, 1919).  


Lecture 09 (2022.11.12): Case Eight: Flushing into Modernity

(1)   Harold Ingrams, Hong Kong (London: Her Majesty’s Stationary Office, 1952), 70-72.

(2)   莊玉惜,《有廁出租:政商共謀的殖民城市管治》(香港:商務印書館,2018)。

(3)   梁元生、卜永堅,《香港園丁—李耀祥傳》(香港:中華書局,2019)。


Lecture 10 (2022.11.19):Semester Paper Workshop I

Lecture 11 (2022.11.26): Semester Paper Workshop II 【Venue changed: LSK 208】

Lecture 12 (2022.12.03): Semester Paper Workshop III and Conclusion


Semester Paper:    90%

Class Participaton: 10%


1      Semester Paper

*     Minimum 4,000 English words including footnotes.

*     No bibliography is needed.

*     To be submitted to Veriguide on or before Monday 05 December 2022 (two days after the last lecture). 

*     Delay of submission by one day leads to deduction of 10 marks, for instance, from 90 to 80, and so forth.

*     Topic of the semester paper: China in 1922: a glimpse of the North-China Herald (1922.09.02-1922.12.30)


2      Class Participation

*     This assessment scheme might take various forms, e.g., short quiz, in class writing exercise, discussion and debate, etc..


*     Tutorial normally lasts for one hour, following every lecture.

*     In the tutorials, content of the various issues of the North-China Herald between 2 September 1922 and 2 December 1922 will be introduced, analyzed and discussed.

*     Students will be provided with the electronic versions of the North-China Herald between 2 September 1922 and 2 December 1922 in advance for the purpose of analysis and discussion.




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