Throughout the course, primary sources will regularly be posted as supplemental


Throughout the course, primary sources will regularly be posted as supplemental readings.
These can be used in discussion boards or for your own interest, however, they are not
required readings and you cannot do one of the reading responses on them. However, by
the last week of the course, you must submit a 1000-word analysis of a primary source. As
some sources are easier to write about than others, it is wise to choose your source carefully.
The purpose of the primary source analysis is to identify the source, explain it to the reader
and form an argument about the source’s significance for understanding East Asia’s
past. This means that a thesis is required and you need to think about the source’s utility for
understanding an aspect of history. In doing so, it is useful to think about how the source
sheds light on broader themes of its time period and how students of history should interpret
its significance. For this assignment, you are not required to consult secondary material, but
you can certainly do so. If you consult secondary material (lectures can be included), ensure
that it is of a scholarly nature . Internet sources and online encyclopedias are not accepted.


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