CAH3820 - Siku Quanshu

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Department of Chinese and History
Credit Units
Course Duration
One Semester
Course Offering Term*:
Semester A 2021/22

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice
Course Aims

Siku Quanshu (Complete collection of the four treasuries), compiled in the Qianlong period of the Qing dynasty, was the largest collection of books and cultural project in Chinese history. Siku Quanshu is divided into four sections: Jīng (經 "Classics"), Shǐ (史 "Histories"), Zĭ (子 "Masters"), Jī (集 "Collections"). Under the chief editorship of Ji Yun, the editors of the Siku Quanshu also completed an annotated catalog named Siku quanshu zongmu tiyao (四庫全書總目提要) to introduce and comment on the thousands of works that were considered for inclusion in the Siku Quanshu. This course aims to explore the knowledge of Siku Quanshu and Siku quanshu zongmu tiyao including that: 1. it examines the values of Siku Quanshu and Siku quanshu zongmu tiyao; 2. it explores the compiling background and history, editorship and compiling ideology of Siku quanshu and Siku quanshu zongmu tiyao; 3. it analyses the relationship between Siku Quanshu and the intellectual development (and cultural policy) during the high Qing period; and 4. it concludes the impact of the compilation of Siku Quanshu on Qing history. 

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Continuous Assessment: 100%
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