periodization-essay-for-chinese-history

Please write a essay required as followed:

5 pages, Double spaced, due by April 27

textbooks:

Spence, Jonathan D. The Search for Modern China. Third Edition. New York & London: W. W. Norton & Company, 2013. Chen, Janet, Pei-kai Cheng, & Michael Lestz with Jonathan D. Spence. The Search for Modern China: A Documentary Collection. Third Edition. New York & London: W. W. Norton & Company, 2014.

Periodization Essay

1. Define a periodization yourself.(define a period between 1895-1980) For example, you may claim that the years between 1895 and 1919 can be regarded as a meaningful period.

2.Identify a focused theme within the period you define and explain in what ways does this theme allow us to view the period you’ve defined as a distinct and integrated temporal unit.

3. Imagine your essay as an introduction to a book chapter/section on the period you’ve defined, just like the short introductions that Johnathan Spence provides for each part of his book Search for Modern China. The aim of your essay is to bring your readers’ attention to a particular historical dynamic that affected how historical trajectories unfolded within the period you’ve defined, rather than simply listing all the important events during that period.

4. When illustrating and explaining the theme, you are required to use materials from the textbook, the documentary collection, or the other assigned readings as the evidences for supporting your claim.

Expectation: An excellent periodization essay shows a compelling and interesting linkage between the period you define and the theme you identify, builds the thesis on solid grounds of evidences, has a good focus, and is carefully argued, written, and edited.

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