Digital Sinology

Looking for something fun to read? Shuge.org has a whole mess of interesting old Chinese books, all totally free to download. So if you want ethnography of minority groups (This is a pretty hot topic) Military manuals (Like many of these this is a Qing text, although many of them are re-prints of earlier material) […]

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Confucianism Today

Taisu Zhang has an interesting piece on China File analyzing the recent Jennifer Pan and Yiqing Xu paper on ideology in China. Zhang is trying to figure out why Chinese leftists are embracing Confucius. By leftists in a Chinese context he is referring, as Pan and Xu do, to those Chinese who are in favor […]

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The North Flank Guard

In politics, a direct attack is not always the most effective. One way to proceed is to target someone or something that is seen to represent a more extreme, a more pure representation of your opponent’s ideas and concentrate at least some of your efforts here. Let us call this the “politics of envelopment.” One […]

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Modern Digital Library vs Google Books

When the Japanese National Diet Library started putting Meiji period and Taishō period books online and fully viewable in their Modern Digital Library (近代デジタルライブラリー) I remember thinking, “Wow, this is amazing! If only there could be access to books in other languages on this scale!” That collection now has over 150,000 books scanned and included […]

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Dangerous Data

By now most of you have probably heard of the erasure of buraku — the segregated communities of Japanese outcastes — from Google Earth.1 The continuing discrimination against burakumin — hisabetsuminzoku2 is the phrase I was taught to use in the late ’80s, but it doesn’t seem to have stuck — which often uses their […]

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History Carnival #75: Semisesquicentennial! Terquasquigenary! Septuagesiquintennial!

Note: The History Carnival is still looking for a May 1st host, as well as hosts for the summer and beyond. Contact Sharon Howard (sharon$@$earlymodernweb$.$org$.$uk) to volunteer. This is not a timed test, but you will be required to account for your periodization afterwards. This is not a graded exercise, as the answers are usually […]

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Dutch Futurists

Alan Baumler pointed me to peacay’s recent post of Dutch images of 17th century Japan. Some of them are quite accurate — the images of samurai, in particular, are quite nice — and based on the observations of Dutch traders and scholars at the Deshima trading station in Nagasaki harbor. Some of the images are […]

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