Project Overview

Early Modern China and Its Foreign Relations

Faculty Sponsor

David Robinson (




The project is part of a book manuscript entitled Empire's Twilight: the Ming Court (1368-1644) in Eurasia. It examines how the Ming court in China developed a foreign policy vis-a-vis the Mongols, especially the descendants of the Ghengis khan. The student's primary focus will be compiling literature surveys of contemporary Chinese language scholarship by using one of China's largest databases, China Knowledge Resource Integrated Database, which is available through the Case Library website. Topics include Ming court foreign policy debates, relations with the Mongols such as diplomacy, trade, and war, and historical memory of Mongol domination of East Asia. I will work with the student researcher to develop skills in evaluating scholarship, reading for argument, and pursuing primary source materials.

Student Qualifications

The candidate must have native or near-native fluency in Chinese, including reading, writing, and speaking. Knowledge of Classical Chinese preferred. Some knowledge of Chinese history and the conventions of historical scholarship also needed.

Number of Student Researchers

1 student

Project Length

9 weeks

Applications open on 01/15/2017 and close on 02/07/2017

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