The East Asian library is one of the oldest libraries of Asian studies in Europe with a large collection on China, Japan and Korea. Although the core of our collection consists of (often unique) materials in Chinese, Japanese and Korean, we also have many books and journals in Western languages. Our collection of online sources – both free and licensed- is growing, and we have a large collection of Asian films which can be viewed (with or without headsets) in our special multimedia zone.
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Leiden University Libraries have trial access until April 15 to Global Commodities: Trade, Exploration and Cultural Exchange. This database provides a vast range of visual, manuscript and printed materials, sourced from over twenty key libraries and more than a dozen companies and trade organisations worldwide.
These original sources will help scholars to explore the history of fifteen major commodities from about 1500 and to examine the ways that these have changed the world.
The fifteen commodities explored in this resource are: Chocolate, Coffee, Cotton, Fur, Opium, Oil, Porcelain, Silver and Gold, Spices, Sugar, Tea, Timber, Tobacco, Wheat, Wine and Spirits.
Read more on the materials and scope of the chosen commodities here : ‘Global Commodities‘.
Leiden University Libraries have access until April 15, 2015 from inside the university.
The Database of Chinese classic ancient books 中國基本古籍庫 is the largest database of pre-20th century texts covering all fields of knowledge. It has in recent years become a standard reference for anyone working on pre-twentieth-century China, due to its vast scope and the good quality of the editions it includes.
This 中國基本古籍庫 Zhongguo jiben guji ku database currently includes 10,000 titles in 12,500 editions from the pre-Qin period through to the Republican period. All texts are provided in full text and image format, allowing for a direct comparison both between digitized text and original text image, and in some cases between different editions of the text. (more…)
The Chinese local gazetteers 中國方志庫 database (by Airusheng/ Erudition) is a large collection of more than 4000 (in future 10,000) geographical works known as ‘gazetteers’, dating from the Han dynasty until the Republican era.
There are gazetteers grouped by jurisdiction, i.e. at national and comprehensive levels (總志; 一統志), as well as at provincial levels (省 sheng), town levels (府 fu, 州 zhou) and district (xian 縣) levels; other gazetteers are on temples, mountains, rivers and border regions. Airusheng is expected to add more gazetteers in the years to come.
All texts are provided in full text and image format, allowing for a direct comparison both between digitized text and original text image. The database is fully searchable and available to all staff and students from the university as well as from home with ULCN login. (more…)
The English-language Japan Chronicle Weekly (1902–1940) was founded and based in Kobe, a port city that saw enormous expansion during the Chronicle’s lifetime. Edited by representative figures in this treaty port, the Chronicle provides a unique perspective not only on the settler communities in Japan and East Asia, but also to the historical development of East Asia as it happened.
As the Chronicle is an English-language newspaper edited and printed in Japan, the Chronicle is a valuable primary resource for students and scholars on modern history unable to work with Japanese language materials. The Japan Chronicle Online resource now offers the years 1919 – 1941. The remaining years 1902 – 1919 will be made available within the coming year.
Access this source both from the university as from home, using your ULCN login.
Established in 1872, 申报 Shenbao (historically transliterated as Shun Pao or Shen-pao) was the most influential and longest lasting commercial newspaper of before the establishment of the People’s Republic. Published in Shanghai until 1949, Shenbao was founded by Englishman Ernest Major, but, uniquely, as a newspaper for Chinese readers, written by Chinese reporters. During its existence, Shenbao gradually shifted from a conservative to a more liberal perspective, and played a pivotal role in the formation of public opinion in the imperial period and into the tumultuous beginnings of modern China.
Published over eight decades of its existence, Shenbao’s content varies: politics, economics, history, cultural studies – literature, art, cinema. Shenbao is a standard source for late 19th and early 20th-century history. Its multicultural editors and correspondents’ claims can be keyed to any research whose objectives are global historical patterns of interaction and modernity or the resistance and reinterpretation of traditions. (more…)
The Scripta Sinica 漢籍電子文獻資料庫 database, compiled by the Academia Sinica in Taiwan, is an essential set of classic Chinese works, all in fulltext.
More than 814 titles and 477,960,000 characters of materials pertaining to the traditional Chinese classics have been included in the database, and have been categorized with meticulous care. The Scripta Sinica database contains almost all of the important Chinese classics, especially those related to Chinese history. All texts have interpunctions, notes and sometimes scanned images. (more…)
We have access to Chinese Studies – Oxford Bibliographies, with Tim Wright (Emeritus Professor of Chinese Studies, University of Sheffield) as editor in chief, and a board of editors and expert contributors who have written on the subject. The list of research fields is updated regularly.