HIST2405 Historiographical Traditions: East and West (3 units)
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This course, which is divided into two parts, addresses the origins, characteristics and development of the Chinese and Western historiographical traditions and their continuous and worldwide impacts. The first part of this course explains the development of Western historiography from Greco-Roman times down to the early 21st century, paying particular attention to historical ideas, visions and methods passed down by the past masters. The interactions between natural science, social sciences and history since the nineteenth century will also be dealt with. The second part accounts for the following themes: the origin of Chinese historiography and its general development from ancient to modern times; the classification and styles of ancient Chinese historical works; the characteristics of Chinese historiography, and a discussion on the impact and interpretation of Chinese historiography in world history.
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