Chinese Modern History essay: The Taiping Rebellion

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2019/2/23 HIST/ASIAN361L: ANALYTICAL PAPER WORKSHOP FIRST ANALYTICAL PAPER DUE on 7 March 2019 This is an important assignment and it will be graded rigorously 1 2019/2/23 “What Should I Do?” • It is worth 75 points • Length and Format: Two-page; 500-word maximum, 1” margins, 12 point type; Times New Roman typeface; Word count in the heading; Page numbers in the upper right-hand corner • Cover page is not necessary • What you can use for this paper: primary and secondary sources assigned before and on 7 March 2019, plus your textbook • Use of outside materials will result in a significant reduction in your grade. • QUESTION: Can I use extra sources from the Atwill sourcebook? • QUESTION: Can I use Wikipedia? What about Britannica? • What kind of topics should I write on? --You decide. But there is a list of themes to help you get started. --These are assignments about making arguments and drawing insights based on limited information contained in the course 2019/2/23 readings. Themes • You may write on any theme of significance. • Themes may involve: (1) The historical significance of Canton in modern Chinese history: from the Canton system to Sun Yat-sen (2) Change and limitation of the Taiping Rebellion (3) The impact of Qing’s reforms on its collapse (4) The nature of the Qing’s multiethnic empire; (5) tensions between Han Chinese and Manchu rulers; (6) The impact of global changes on China’s imperial history; (7)the fluid boundaries among rebels, reformers and revolutionaries; (8) The incomplete transition of China from empire to nation-state. • Take note that this list is not exhaustive, but you may find it useful. 2 2019/2/23 “What Should I Do?” II • Titles: Give the paper a title. A good title suggests an argument/thesis. --Some examples of bad titles: “Chinese History;” “Opium Wars;” “Mao’s China;” “Chinese Warlords;” etc. --Better titles: “Two sides of the same coin: the reason for the GMD and CCP alliance and conflict;” “Old wine in new bottle: the mentality of monarchists in Republican China,” etc. • Citation: without citation you will need to re-submit the paper. • Yet, formal footnotes are not necessary. Simply cite the source in parentheses in the text. Examples: (Tanner Textbook, 146);(Atwill, 208); (Zarrow, xx); (Columbia Online Sourcebook, Name of the Source, page of the PDF document, web link). • QUESTION: I am paraphrasing the primary source. Do I need to cite? • What about secondary sources (i.e. your textbook and lectures)? Dang Right It Is Analytical! • The Analytical Paper is your chance to use primary and secondary sources to make an argument about history. • It focuses narrowly on a few pieces of evidence, but should have a larger import. • It is not descriptive, but explanatory, arguing from specific evidence to general conclusions. Start from primary sources and work out. • So where should I start? --Primary sources—Topic/Theme—Research Question—Thesis --Rather than starting with an idea, let something in the primary sources suggest questions and the thesis to you. • Secondary sources (the Tanner textbook, lectures, scholarly articles, or the introductory material at the head of each primary source) will be helpful to put these primary sources in context, but these secondary sources will not be the focus of the paper. 2019/2/23 3 2019/2/23 Wang’s Four Rules for Historical Analysis • • • • It’s all about sources, but they lie Disaggregate people, geography, and concepts Contextualize paradox/incoherence From divergence to convergence Making your thesis explanatory and original Topics/Subjects versus Arguments/Theses Example from history: Topic: “Discrimination against Japanese Americans during World War II.” Thesis: “Government officials allowed discrimination against Japanese Americans not because it was in the nation’s interest but because it provided a concrete enemy for people to focus on.” 4 2019/2/23 Avoid value judgments and empty generalizations • Communism is unethical. • The reason for the Qing’s decline is primarily because of the rule of Empress Dowager Cixi. • Hong Xiuquan’s utopian land reform is impractical so that is why it failed. • Chiang Kai-shek is a better leader than Mao. • The Boxers United in Righteousness are a bunch of illiterate and xenophobic peasants and must be crushed. Don’t quote out of the text’s original context! • Now we are asked not only to pursue a small, an insignificant skill (i.e. mathematics) but also honor foreigners as teachers. Since foreigners are known for their treachery, it is extremely doubtful if they will reveal to us all of their secrets. • --Woren, “Memorial Objecting to Western Learning” (Atwill, 3.12) 5 2019/2/23 Dang Right It Is Analytical! II • Be careful with the sources! • A paper should have a clear thesis which is explanatory and original • Avoid value judgments and empty generalizations which cannot be proven with historical evidence • Do not project past onto present or vice versa • Paragraph construction --The topic sentence of the first paragraph is your thesis statement --Every paragraph should have an identifiable topic sentence --Everything in a paragraph should relate to that topic sentence • Make logical links between evidence and your thesis • Write with clarity and specificity --Passive voice leads to sloppy historical thinking --Use simple past tense --Write in the third person if possible A Few More Things to Remember 1. 2. 3. 4. Email cut-off date and time for questions and inquiries: 5 March 2019 at 2359 I need only one electronic submission to the Blackboard Plagiarism will not be tolerated (see section on Academic Integrity below). For papers not conforming to the format guideline, there will be a fivepercent deduction per violation of these rules (i.e. use of a 10 point font and .05 inch margins will result in a total ten-percent reduction (five percent for each violation)). 2019/2/23 6 ...
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Chinese Modern History
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Chinese Modern History

Change and limitation of the Taiping Rebellion
The Taiping Rebellion is considered to be the bloodiest civil war in the world. It lasted
for more than thirteen years and almost toppled the Qing Dynasty. More than twenty million
people died in the violence. The conflict witnessed during the rebellion although it later became
to be observed to be a form of descent to any form of anarchy that was being perpetrated by the
various dynasties. According to most historians, the rebellion was the most event that took ...

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