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Joshua A. Fogel


Naitō Konan (1866-1934) was one of towering figures of twentieth-century Sinology, in Japan, China, and elsewhere. His theories concerning Chinese history continue to influence us all, often through secondary or tertiary means. Among his many books and articles is a large volume entitled Shina shigaku shi (History of Chinese historiography), arguably the first such comprehensive work in any language and still unsurpassed to this day, roughly eighty years after the chapters which comprise it were first delivered as lectures in Kyoto.

Naitō argued that Chinese historical writing was divided, as we all know now, into two traditions: the comprehensive style (tongshi) launched by Sima Qian and the single-period style (duandai shi) begun somewhat later by Ban Gu. Naitō himself always favored the former, and he showed a marked predilection for the major historical works over the centuries by Chinese with the character tong in their titles: such as Liu Zhiji's Tong shi, Du You's Tong zhi (about which he lectured before the Japanese emperor in 1931), Ma Duanlin's Wenxian tongkao, and most notably Zhang Xuecheng's Wenshi tongyi. He did not disragrd or disrespect the duandai shi approach, but he did believe that by cutting off chunks of history one could not get a proper sense of the long-term forces at work in the historical process, what the great French historians later would call la longue durée.

Peter Zarrow

© Koninklijke Brill NV. Leiden 2003 Historiography East & West 1:2 Old Myth into New History: The Building Blocks of Liang Qichao’s “New History” Peter Zarrow Institute for Modern History Academia Sinica, Taiwan Keywords: Chinese historiography; Liang Qichao; late Qing; evolutionism; sage

Jennifer W. Jay

Book Reviews / JESHO 54 (2011) 270-309 299 Wai-Yee LI, The Readability of the Past in Early Chinese Historiography . Harvard East Asian Monographs 253. Cambridge and London: Harvard University Press, 2007. xiv + 468 pp. ISBN: 978-0-674-01777-1 (hbk.). $49.50 / £31.95. The Zuozhuan (‘Zuo

Benjamin Elman

T’oung Pao 96 (2010) 231-277 T ’ O U N G PA O © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/156853210X522415 Book Reviews Historical Truth, Historical Criticism, and Ideology: Chinese Historiography and Historical Culture from a New Comparative Perspective . Edited by

Hsi-Yuan Chen

Historiography, orthodox history, historiography, narrative. Abstract: The making of the official Qingshi (Qing History) during the turbulent years of early Republican China epitomizes the flux and complexities of modern Chinese historiography in an age of transition. It had long been routine practice in China

Hanmo Zhang

Beijing Zhonghua shuju Li L. McMahon K. ‘The Contents and Terminology of the Mawangdui Texts on the Art of the Bedchamber’ Early China 1992 17 145 185 Li W. The Readability of the Past in Early Chinese Historiography 2007 Cambridge and London Harvard University

Jin Qiu

© Koninklijke Brill NV. Leiden 2004 Historiography East & West 2:1 History and State: Searching the Past in the Light of the Present in the People’s Republic of China Jin Qiu History Department, Old Dominion University United States of America Keywords: China, Chinese historiography, official