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The Oxford History of Historical WritingVolume 3: 1400-1800$
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José Rabasa, Masayuki Sato, Edoardo Tortarolo, and Daniel Woolf

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199219179

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199219179.001.0001

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Chinese Official Historical Writing under the Ming and Qing

Chinese Official Historical Writing under the Ming and Qing

(p.24) Chapter 1 Chinese Official Historical Writing under the Ming and Qing
The Oxford History of Historical Writing

Achim Mittag

Oxford University Press

This chapter deals with historical writing under the Ming and Qing dynasties. Historical writing was traditionally a state-run project, which consisted in the collection and compilation of sources for the production of ‘official histories’. The chapter covers the compilation of the official Yuan history and the veritable records; the formation of state historiography under the Qing and the writing of the history of the official Ming dynasty; gazetteer historiography; and the apogee of official historiography under emperor Qianlong. It also describes the unfolding and profusion of kaozheng (‘evidential research’) scholarship that went beyond personal affiliation with state historiographical institutions.

Keywords:   official histories, Yuan dynasty, Ming dynasty, Qing dynasty, gazetteer historiography, emperor Qianlong, kaozheng, evidential research

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