Book Reviews

See my entire Zotero Library. Of particular interest would be the following sublists in my Zotero library:

  • Course Readings‘: All the readings from my graduate courses at Michigan State University and UC Berkeley which includes courses such as Early/Modern Southeast Asia, China, and South Asia, and courses on History of Information, Data Science, and History of Science.
  • ‘Libraries’: My collection of secondary literature on the history and theory of libraries, archives, and museums, especially in the context of Vietnam, former colonies, and Southeast Asia.
  • 2015_Qualifying Exams‘: A collection of all the books for my qualifying exam lists.

As I prepare for my comprehensive exams at UC Berkeley, I will share my book summaries, reviews, and commentary on my blog. Below are links to book summaries/comments/questions I have completed.


 

1. VIETNAM

Early Modern to Indochina Wars – Peter Zinoman, History

Pre/Early Modern

ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY: Pre/Early Modern Vietnam (Taylor, Kelley, Woodside, Li, Choi, Dutton)

QUESTION: How Confucian is/was Vietnam? Alexander Woodside, Liam Kelley, Nola Cooke

ESSAY: Expressions of Borders and Place through the Sino-Vietnamese Relationship

French Colonial

QUESTION: When does the ‘modern’ begin in Vietnamese history? A Historiography Essay (Alexander Woodside, George Dutton, Benedict Anderson, David Marr, Charles Keith)

ESSAY: Generational Identities and Cultural Politics: A Historiography of Vietnamese 1920’s and 1930’s Student Movements

ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY WWII, Vichy Indochina, August Revolution

Indochina Wars/Vietnam War


 

2. SOUTHEAST ASIA

Print Culture, Colonial, Memory – Penelope Edwards, Southeast Asian Studies

State of the Field

ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY & KEY QUESTIONS The state of Southeast Asian Studies

Southeast Asia Colonialism and Modernity

ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY & KEY QUESTIONS Southeast Asia Colonialism & Modernity

Southeast Asia Print Culture and History of the Book

Southeast Asia Institutions of Memory: Museums & Libraries


 

3. SYSTEMS OF KNOWLEDGE

Agents & Institutions of Colonial Knowledge – Janaki Bakhle, History

Colonial Studies: Knowledge & Power

ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY Colonial Studies Power: & Knowledge

ANALYSIS: Edward Said, Orientalism, and Caste: The Development of a Discourse and Field of Study

Colonial Knowledge: Craft (Missionaries, Ethnographers, Anthropologists)

ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY The Crafting of Colonial Knowledge: Missionaries, Caste, Ethnography, Anthropology

Information & the State: Institutions (Archives, Surveillance, Census, Libraries)

ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY The Institutions of Colonial Knowledge:  Archives, Surveillance, Census, Libraries, Print Culture


 4. SYSTEMS OF KNOWLEDGE

Science of Classification, Histories of Information, Statistics – Cathryn Carson, History

History of Information, Enlightenment Knowledge

History of Information, Classification, Catalogs

History of Statistics and Quantification

KEY QUESTIONS AND DEBATES


5. DIGITAL HUMANITIES & DATA SCIENCE

Digital Humanities as Practice – David Bamman, School of Information

ANALYSIS Data and the Humanities: Digital Humanities and Disrupting Disciplinary Boundaries

LIST of Readings & Projects