The Making of Song Dynasty History

The Making of Song Dynasty History Sources and Narratives, 960-1279 CE

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Synopsis

In this ambitious work of political and intellectual history, Charles Hartman surveys the major sources that survive as vestiges of the official dynastic historiography of the Chinese Song dynasty (960-1279). Analyzing the narratives that emerge from these sources as products of Song political discourse, Hartman offers a thorough introduction to the texts and the political circumstances surrounding their compilation. Distilling from these sources a 'grand allegory of Song history', he argues that the narratives embedded within reflect tension between a Confucian model of political institutionalism and the Song court's preference for a non-sectarian, technocratic model. Fundamentally rethinking the corpus of texts that have formed the basis of our understanding of the Song and of imperial China more broadly, this far-reaching account of historiographical process and knowledge production illuminates the relationship between official history writing and political struggle in China.

Book information

ISBN: 9781108834834
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 951.024
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 700g
Height: 160mm
Width: 236mm
Spine width: 31mm