Nation, History and Ethics: The Choices of Post-Imperial Historiography in China

Schneider, Axel
June 2008
Xin Shixue (New History);Jun2008, Vol. 19 Issue 2, p47
Academic Journal
The article examines the historical theory developed by Chinese historian Liu Yizheng with particular focus given to the relationship between history and ethics. The modernization of historiography is discussed and contrasted with the traditional Chinese view that ethics are central to the study of history. The use of history to explore China's ethical traditions and virtuous rule is also explored. The author notes that while Liu sought to modernize Chinese historiography and the socio-political order while retaining some traditional methods.


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