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HIST 268: War and Military Culture in China (HC): Primary Sources: Texts and Images

History 268: War and Military Culture in China (Smith) Fall 2016

Primary Sources

Primary sources can take many different forms.  Letters, accounts and other kinds of documents written at the time of an event or era allow a nuanced and detailed understanding of historical issues.  Material below explains ways to locate primary sources in Tripod and Worldcat.  To find additional primary sources, historical studies in books and journal articles will often offer the best recommendations. Check footnotes and bibliographies for references to material written in the medieval period.


Primary Source Database


Finding Printed Copies of Primary Sources 

Primary source translations that are in the Tricollege libraries will often be listed in Tripod under subject terms using the word "sources"  or "early works."  For example, the search (Keyword: (war OR soldier* OR military) AND   Subject: (sources OR "early works") AND (Subject: (china OR chinese) produces books including:

Manuscript Illustration

Genghis Khan and Chinese Envoys


                     Genghis Khan and Chinese envoys  (Wikimedia Commons)

Visual Resources