History of China


a) Understand the connection between the time and space dimensions of the History of China and know how to analyze it both in a diachronic and synchronic perspective;
b) Learn the main and more recent historical interpretations about the History of China;
c) Identify and understand the main historical documents of the History of China;
d) Develop oral and written abilities to expose the different historical problems related to the History of China, using the correct concepts;

General characterization





Responsible teacher

João Paulo Azevedo de Oliveira e Costa


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language





- CHENG, Anne, Histoire de la Pensée Chinoise, Paris, Éditions du Seuil, 2002.
- EBREY, Patricia Buckley, The Cambridge Illustrated History of China, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1996.
- GERNET, Jacques, O Mundo Chinês, 2 vols., Lisboa, Edições Cosmos, 1974-1975.
- HANSEN, Valerie, The Silk Road. A New History, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012.
- HSÜ, Imanuel C. Y., The Rise of Modern China, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2000.
- MOTE, F. W., Imperial China, 900-1800, Cambridge MA, Harvard University Press, 1999.

Teaching method

Theoretical lessons are based in lectures conducted by the teacher. Practical lessons are based on the discussion of topics
by students, under the guidance of the teacher, using the presentation, analysis and commentary of documental sources,
critical bibliography, audiovisual products, maps and other iconographic materials.
Inclass teaching

Evaluation method

Evaluation Method - one individual paperwork.(50%), one test (50%)

Subject matter

1. The chinese world: geography and populations
2. The neolithic substratum
3. The urbanism
4. The "states" at war
5. The classical thought
6. First imperial unifications: Qin and Han
7. The Silk Road
8. Different dynasties: from the Sui to the Qing


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