Posted: June 8th, 2015

a history book review for book: The Culture of War in China by Joanna Waley-Cohen

a history book review for book: The Culture of War in China by Joanna Waley-Cohen

For this assignment, you are to select a book relating to East Asian history since 1600, read it, and write a 6-8 page critique about it.  The geographical limits for the book are broad:  the book may cover East Asia as a region or a particular country (the Philippines, Hong Kong and Taiwan are acceptable in addition to China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam) but the book must either have a DS call number in the Library catalog or have been approved by your TA.

You may use an E-book so long as the book has been published in paper, and if you do you must provide the paper publication information. You may also use a non-English language book, but the review must be written in English, and if the book is in a non-alphabetic language you must provide the Romanization for the author, title and publication information as well as a translation of the title.

The book you choose should not be:

•    Composed of a collection of essays, especially by different authors, since  reviewing them is extremely difficult;
•    A novel (that is, fiction);
•    An autobiography or memoir; or
•    A journalistic account without a bibliography or citations.

The critique itself should be well organized and fluently written, and should address the following questions, though you need not address them in this order:

1)     What was the author’s purpose in writing the book?
2)    What kinds of sources were employed and how might these have shaped the book?  (For example, the author might have drawn exclusively from English language sources.)
3)    What is the book about?  (This may take the form of a summary/critique of arguments used by the author, but the critique should be more than just a summary.)
4)     What are the author’s conclusions and were they adequately supported?

At the beginning of your review, you should provide information for your book using the following format:

Thomas T. Allsen, Culture and Conquest in Mongol Eurasia (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001).

One last word of advice.  Pick your book soon and try to pick one that you will enjoy reading.

Please submit the title and author of your book on Turnitin by 4:00 p.m. Monday, October 22nd.  For students in 106B, a draft of your review will be due on Friday, November 2nd, at 4:00 p.m. Their revised papers and the papers from 106A will all be due by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, November 19th. The papers should all be submitted through Turnitin.

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