The Making of Song Dynasty History

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

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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