This seminar will explore key concepts such as "li shi" (history) and "zhen li" (truth) through the works of Chinese historians ranging from Si Ma Qian (145-86 BCE), Si Ma Guang (1019-1086 CE), Zhang Xuecheng (1738-1801) to Gu Jiegang (1983-1981)and other 20th century historians wrestling with meanings of veracity. Primary sources (in translation) will be combined with secondary sources to develop a comparative framework for the understanding of "historical truth." How evidence is used and weighed for its veracity is one of the concerns as well as the moral integrity of historians who shape the records of the past. Throughout the seminar, students will be expected to do individual research on key events in Chinese history and world history and to explore how multiple interpretations have affected what becomes codified as the "genuine record of past events."
COURSE FORMAT: Seminar
Level: UGRD Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS HIST Grading Mode: Student Option
Prerequisites: NONE Links to Web Resources For This Course.
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