© Koninklijke Brill NV. Leiden 2004 Historiography East & West 2:2 Last Chapter Unfinished: The Making of the Official Qing History and the Crisis of Traditional Chi- nese Historiography Hsi-yuan Chen Institute of History and Philology Academia Sinica Keywords: Qingshi gao , Bureau of Qing 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 for a newly-established regime, in assuming the mantle of legitimate rule, to authorize an official history of the previous, overthrown dynasty. With twenty-four “orthodox histories” as preceding models and a more or less standardized layout, composing the twenty-fifth one should have been a feasible task. However, the making of the history of the last dynasty was besieged with unprecedented changes and challenges: universal kingship and the mandate of Heaven had collapsed, the continuity of cultural tradition was put into doubt, and, most important of all, the past was no longer fixable 174 Chen Hsi-yuan in a static picture for the present to capture. In short, along with the fall
Historiography East and West – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2004
Keywords: ORTHODOX HISTORY; QINGSHI GAO; HISTORIOGRAPHY; BUREAU OF QING HISTORIOGRAPHY; NARRATIVE
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