China and the West | 香港中文大學歷史系
香港中文大學 歴史系 歴史系

HIST5610 China and the West

時間星期五 6:30pm - 8:15pm

地點康本國際學術園 505


課程講師 卜永堅 ((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)


Tutorial Presentation: 10%


Semester Paper: 90%

  • Minimum 5,000 English words including footnotes.
  • No bibliography is needed.
  • To be submitted to Veriguide on or before 2019.04.26 Friday (two weeks after the last lecture). 
  • Delay of submission by one days 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.




  • 如屬小組習作,則所有組員均須簽署聲明;所有組員(不論有否簽署聲明及不論有否直接或間接撰寫有問題的內容)均須負上集體責任及受到懲處。
  • 如作業以電腦製作、內容以文字為主,並經由大學「維誠」系統 (VeriGuide) 提交者,學生將作業的電子檔案上載到系統後,便會獲得收據,收據上已列明有關聲明。