Special issue in the Journal of Historical Network Research

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A special issue in the Journal of Historical Network Research, co-edited by Henrike Rudolph (University of Göttingen) and Song Chen (Bucknell University) over the past two years, is now officially released. This special issue, “Beyond Guanxi,” highlights the growing body of scholarship that uses the formal methods of social network analysis (SNA) to explore networks in Chinese history. Its goal is to initiate a dialogue between network scholars specializing in China and those studying other parts of the world and to promote interdisciplinary dialogue about technology and methodology.

Featuring both research articles and papers on databases and tools, this special issue has a temporal coverage from the Eastern Jin (317–420) to the 20th century. Throughout this issue, network theory and analysis is used in combination with traditional source criticism and heuristics, biographical databases and records of publication as both a device of exploration and a tool of historical inquiry and verification.

The entire issue, like all other issues in the journal, is open-access and thus available to all readers and authors, free of charge, using a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 (CC BY-ND 4.0) license. Interested scholars may download the entire issue, or individual articles, from the journal's website: https://jhnr.uni.lu/index.php/jhnr/issue/view/9

Table of Contents

  • Beyond Relationships and Guanxi: An Introduction to the Research of Chinese Historical Networks (Song Chen/ Henrike Rudolph)
  • Solidity in a Turbulent Flow: The Social Network of Aristocratic Families in the Eastern Jin Dynasty (317–420 C.E.) (Shang Wenyi/Sang Zizhou)
  • Path toward the Top Leadership: A Network Analysis of the Civil Service System in the Early Southern Song (1131–1164) (Xiong Huei-Lan)
  • From Kinship to Collegiality: Changing Literati Networks, 1100–1400 (Peter K. Bol)
  • From Textual to Historical Networks: Social Relations in the Biographical Dictionary of Republican China (Cécile Armand/Christian Henriot)
  • Network of Words: A Co-Occurrence Analysis of Nation-Building Terms in the Writings of Liang Qichao and Chen Duxiu (Anne S. Chao/Jie Yang/Zhandong Liu/Qiwei Li)
  • Post WWI Chinese Revolutionary Leaders in Europe (Marilyn Levine)
  • The Historical Social Network of Chinese Buddhism (Marcus Bingenheimer)
  • Structuring, Recording, and Analyzing Historical Networks in the China Biographical Database (Michael Fuller/Hongsu Wang)
  • Biography for Historical Analysis: A Chinese Biographical Database (Marilyn Levine)
  • Network Data in the Early Chinese Periodicals Online Database (ECPO) (Matthias Arnold/Henrike Rudolph)
  • Creating Biographical Networks from Chinese and English Wikipedia (Baptiste Blouin/Nora van den Bosch/Pierre Magistry)

In July 2021, Song Chen and Henrike Rudolph also organized a virtual conference “Historical Network Research in Chinese Studies,” in connection with this special issue and with the sponsorship from the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies (Harvard University), the China Institute (Bucknell University), and the Department of East Asian Studies (University of Göttingen). It features, in particular, two keynote speeches and several workshops that focus on the methods and data used in the articles in this special issue. These speeches and workshops are recorded and, along with pertinent practice data and handouts, are permanently archived on Harvard Dataverse and accessible, free of charge, to the general public for non-commercial use: https://doi.org/10.7910/DVN/LUVAFZ