World History I

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Chapter 13: States and Cultures in East Asia
800 to 1400

53: Wed, Mar 21, 2018

Please post in the forum for the day a short essay in response to this question:

Last time, we looked at art and architecture (specifically, the temples of Southwest Asia) as historical sources. This time, consider several other works (with some of which you may already be somewhat familiar from World Literature):

You may need to look some of these up on Wikipedia or elsewhere on the web. What are the advantages and limitations of using literature and formal or informal records as historical sources? Which works would you consider the more reliable? Can you find specific examples of stories that could be used to establish an accurate historical picture of events? Which records or stories have limited historical value? Why?