Gu Jiegang and the Creation of Chinese Historical Geography
Author: Fan, Xin
Source: The Chinese Historical Review, Volume 17, Number 2, 2010 , pp. 193-218(26)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:Gu Jiegang (1893-1980) is one of the most important figures in twentiethcentury Chinese historiography. Throughout his life, he had engaged with various topics centered on ancient Chinese history and historiography. In 2004 the Historical Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), the highest-level government sponsored historical research institution in China, together with the History Department of Sun Yat-sen University, celebrated Gu Jiegang's 110thdanchen by dedicating a conference to him. The CASS outlined Gu's three major contributions to modern Chinese historiography. First, Gu and his Gushi bian (Debates on Ancient History) School exerted invaluable influence on modern Chinese historiography. Second, Gu was the first to explore folklore as a historical source and established folklore studies as a new discipline of historical study in China. Third, Gu is the founding father of modern Chinese historical geography.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2010-01-01