- Modules, Set A: Reading City Location
- Modules, Set B: Reading City Plans
Cotterell, Arthur. The First Emperor of China. New York: Holt, 1981
This is probably the most definitive text on Qin Shih Huang readily available and accessible to middle and secondary level students. It is very text heavy by comparison to other books on the topic. The text however is not overly dense. It provides the text data to support the more photo-heavy coffee table books.
Chen, Ching-chih. The First Emperor of China. (CDRom) Voyager Company, 1994
As a successful CD-rom should, this document allows the viewer to see as much information as he or she desires without being overwhelmed. One can get a quick survey or go for great depth. The images, maps, diagrams and text are all of good to excellent quality. The chunks of info are well-paced to be very manageable and engaging.
Guo Youmin. The First Emperor of China. China: China Photographic Publishing House, 2000
For a book published by a photographic publishing house, the photos are uninteresting and not very valuable. The text is of the travel and tourism variety, rather than informative about the First Emperor or the tomb. It is also written in a small unfriendly font, often on colored, hard-to-read backgrounds.
Hessler, Peter. Treasures of Ancient China National Geographic. October 2001
This National G article compares the tomb of Qin Shih Huang with a later Han dynasty imperial tomb also near Xian. The article is a must read for anyone interested in this topic. The Han tomb differences and similarities are fascinating.
Lazo, Caroline. The Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin. New York: Macmillian, 1993
The text of this book is designed for middle level students. But it is written in a style engaging for all ages. The photos and diagrams are pointed and well-chosen with spirited captions. Several sections, such as A Closer Look are also quite insightful.
Terra Cotta Warriors: the Most Significant Archeological Find in the 20th Century. Beijing: Peoples China Publishing House, 2000
Terra Cotta Warriors contains five chapters. Each section has an interpretive essay, great photos and well-designed maps and diagrams. Sections include Qin Shih Huang and the tomb, the Terra Cotta Warriors, sculptural techniques, weaponry and carriages.
Wu Xiaocong. ed. Valiant Imperial Warriors, 2200 Years Ago. China: World Press, 2000
This publication is an excellent catalog of photographs of the terracotta warriors. There is however,very little text and the captions are barely descriptive of the objects.
Fairbank, John King. China: a New History. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1992
Fairbank's book provides a thematic overview and chronological scope of Chinese history. It is an excellent compliment to the Gernet history below.
Gernet, Jacques. A History of Chinese Civilization. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge UP, 1972
An encyclopedic work that has the who, what, where answers to most questions about Chinese history. I use this text as my primary reference source on Chinese history.
Tregear, T.R. Geography of China. London: University of London Press, 1965
Tregear provides a thematic approach to the geography of China with excellent topical essays like the included piece on capital cities.
Macaulay, David. CITY: the Story of Roman Planning and Construction. NY: Houghton Mifflin, 1974
A fascinating children's book with the capacity to engross readers of all ages. Macaulay's story and drawings provide insight into the broad perspectives and gritty details of Roman city construction.
Hansen, Valerie. The Open Empire. NY: Norton, 2000
This book has an excellent edge, providing solid historical data while presenting its vision of China as a merchantile, trading empire.
Schirokauer, Conrad. A Brief History of Chinese Civilization. San Diego, CA: Harcourt-Brace, 1991
This is an expanded Chinese version of Schirokauer's popular history of China and Japan. The style is fast and easy-reading, but packed with basic information.
Xiong, Victor. Sui-Tang Chang'an. Ann Arbor, MI: Center for Chinese Studies, 2000
This book gathers, translates and synthesizes much of the existing literature about Tang Chang'an. Most of this research has been done in China and Japan, so this work is quite significant. Nonetheless, its lack of real data about real people's lives (rather than of the emperor and the scholars) indicates how far Chinese archeology has to go to catch up with the type of data available to David Macaulay about Roman cities.
Ebrey, Patricia. ed. Chinese Civilization:a Sourcebook. NY: Free Press, 1993.
Ebrey provides a fun and engaging collection of primary source documents arranged according to China's dynasty. An important work for any library.
Wright, Arthur. "The Cosmology of the Chinese City" in William Skinner, ed. The City in Late Imperial China. Stanford, CA: Stanford UP, 1977
An excellent article about the nature of cities and capitals in China, particularly there cosmological function and design.
This page provides a general introduction to the Qing Ming festival
This page gives more information about the origins and story of the festival.
The author provides an introduction to the Qing Ming scroll as well as a full version of the scroll viewable online.
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Noble, Allen. "Using Descriptive Models to Understand South Asian Cities" Education About Asia,. Winter 1998
This article is an interesting addition to this assignment, providing information about the actual cosmological and culture roots of Indian city design, both Indian and English.
Wolpert, Stanley. India. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1991
Wolpert is best known for his standard history of India. The work cited here is a thematic cultural work that makes it unusual and extrememly valuable. He is an excellent writer.