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Chinese History: Electronic Resources

To support Chinese history classes by the Chinese Dept.

Databases vs. Websites


  • Research done by professors, scholars, and journalists, etc.
  • Authority of information is verified by experts.
  • Paid for by the library.  Often very expensive!
  • Cannot be searched in Google.
  • Reliable and trustworthy!


  • Anyone can publish a website. 
  • The information included is often NOT verified by anyone.
  • Access is free.  No one is paying for the content.
  • Can be searched in a variety of search engines, including Google.
  • Must examine with a critical eye!

Ancient Chinese History

The An Shi Rebellion (simplified Chinese: 安史之乱)

The An Lushan Rebellion (755–763 CE) from Ancient & Medieval History Online

Yang Guifei 杨贵妃传奇 from Hudong

History of China from UMD History

Marco Polo and His Travels from the Silkroad Fundation.

The Silk Road Foundation  For one of the best resources on the Silk Road studies.

The Silk Road Journal  for up-to-date research done by well scholars and those who have other expertise on the regions and material of interest, including new archaeological investigations. The journal also serves as the means to alert readers about upcoming programs known connected with Silk Road topics.

A history of the world in 100 objects, see topic 50 on Silk Princess Painting on p.319-324

Recommended Electronic Databases

Multimedia 多媒体