Wednesday, week 8 (Oct. 14)

Today is Wednesday of week 8, Oct. 14.

A tiny dust storm has kicked up in the twitter-sphere about "teaching modern Chinese history", and I'd like to hear what you think about these two pieces. Maybe if you're in HST137 it's not quite applicable yet, but we will talk more about modern Chinese history and then some of these ideas will come into play.

The opening shot came from James Millward, Professor of History at Georgetown University:

(It's also a rather savage book review, although admittedly it takes aim at an entire industry and not an individual. If you'd like to read other savage book reviews, let me know. Sometimes they're so gentlemanly you don't even realize that's what's going on until a few pages in πŸ‘€ )

The response from Pamela Crossley, a Qing historian, is striking: who is the "We" addressed by Millward? Professor Crossley is one of the pioneers in creating a new approach to the study of the Qing, and she feels certainly not included in that list of people making those errors. I had similar questions about Millward's piece: my own research is in a much earlier time period, but is similarly trying to do things in a different way, and questioning some of the big narratives we inherited. I don't know if I am successful in bringing that across in modern Chinese history, which is not my field of research:

I am now also considering chucking Spence's text in favor of her Wobbling Pivot as a recommended textbook next semester for a re-run of HST271. Thoughts on this are welcome!

"Books" by Kim Siever is licensed under CC PDM 1.0

Schedule for today

Drop-in tutorials

Drop in tutorial: 1-2 pm, open to all.

  • Option 1: reserve a spot on this Google appointment page
  • Option 2: "drop in" anytime, but you may have to wait a bit in the waiting room.

Both are for a Zoom meeting, using the Green Link on your respective Canvas SECRETS pages (or find the info in your Canvas Calendar).

  • In the morning I will add the initial blog posts to the randomizer and load that to the webpage, so you can start on the Discussion Comments.Comments on due by Thursday night.
  • Optional video conference chat/check in at 11.30am: if you want to talk about the course materials or assignments, or about anything related to Chinese history, please come! "Pink Link" can be found on the SECRETS page on Canvas or in the Canvas Calendar for the course.
HST439 Comments for the Social Annotation are due tonight, 11.59pm in the group HST439.

Heads-up! Event on Thursday

Thursday, October 15th, from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m: Please pre-register for this event.

Africana Studies and Office for Multicultural Life present the second event in their Fall 20 mini series "From the Ashes": "Genocidal Medicine: Black American Communities, Covid-19, and the Death Toll of Healthcare’s Systemic Anti-Blackness". Check out more details on the poster.

History Club

5 - 6 pm: History Club meets on Zoom every Wednesday. You can email me for the link or contact details of the club.

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