Spring 2008 not offered
This seminar will explore key concepts such as LI SHI (history) and ZHEN LI (truth) through the works of Chinese historians ranging from Si Ma Qian (145 - 86 BCE), Si Ma Guang (1019 - 1086 CE), Zhang Xuecheng (1738 - 1801) to Gu Jiegang (1983 - 1981)and other 20th-century historians wrestling with meanings of veracity. Primary sources (in translation) will be combined with secondary sources to develop a comparative framework for the understanding of historical truth. How evidence is used and weighed for its veracity is one of the concerns, as well as the moral integrity of historians who shape the records of the past. Throughout the seminar, students will be expected to do individual research on key events in Chinese history and world history and to explore how multiple interpretations have affected what becomes codified as the genuine record of past events.
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S. Durant, THE CLOUDY MIRROR
Paul Cohen, HISTORY IN THREE KEYS
V. Schwarcz, BRIDGE ACROSS BROKEN TIME
HISTORY AND THEORY (1996) "Chinese Historiography in Comparative Perspective"
Oskar Handelin, TRUTH IN HISTORY
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Weekly essays and one large research paper