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Bai Shouyi on Sima Qian and Ban Gu

Hans van Ess    Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München, Deutschland    

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This article discusses a paper by the renowned contemporary Chinese historian Bai Shouyi written shortly before the so-called Cultural Revolution. Bai Shouyi’s text deals with the differences between the views of the two Han historians Sima Qian and Ban Gu, at first sight an apolitical subject. A closer look reveals that when writing this article, that appeared not only in a scholarly journal but also in the newspaper «People’s Daily», Bai Shouyi’s probably had in mind political issues of his own day. Thus, it turns out to be a famous article of the practice of «to use the past for the present» (gu wei jin yong).   

keywords: Bai Shouyi. Sima Qian. Ban Gu. Gu wei jin yong.

Lingua: it

Presentato: 16 Luglio 2016   Pubblicato: 29 Settembre 2016  
permalink: http://doi.org/10.14277/6969-095-2/SV-3-2

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