I went to the library today to get a book on South Korean politics for an upcoming presentation, and true to form, I went on a giant book binge. Grabbing titles indiscriminately, stealing books from unsuspecting library patrons, tearing out pages (just kidding...) In truth, I just ended up borrowing far too many books that caught my eye. We'll see how many I can get through!
For this past month and a half, I've been crawling through Harry Gelber's "The Dragon and the Foreign Devils," which is just a basic, comprehensive history of China. I realized that I have such little understanding of Chinese history, and this is an area that I will need to keep working on. It's going to take a lot of repetition and practice. With Gelber's help, I at least have a better sense for the chronology of the different dynasties.
But anyway, based off of the books I grabbed at the library today, here are some focus areas for the next few months:
1. China's Song Dynasty (AD 960-1279)
2. Contemporary Japanese politics
3. Nationalist China
4. Collapse of the Qing dynasty/revolutionary developments in China from 1911 - 1919
Also, here's a cover shot of Harry Gelber's book: