2012 New History
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Comments on the Study of the Statecraft Thought of Late Imperial China over the Last Thirty Years

Yang Xie

Institute of History, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing.

For the last thirty years, Taiwan scholars’ research on Confucian statecraft thought has focused on the late Qing period.  At that time, this field in Chinese research was opened up and some valuable articles laid a solid foundation for further study. Now, however, scholars are enlarging the field of statecraft thought studies as new problems were raised by newly republished original materials, which we can use and search more easily than previous scholars—materials that raise problems that cannot be explained by the previous research findings. We have to deepen and enlarge our research vision as well because valuable case studies on significant events , books, and people have been produced by research in Taiwan, Mainland China, America, and Japan, case studies which suggest the practicability of new approaches.  Notwithstanding certain limitations of this research, it has partially defined various aspects and uses of statecraft thought in late imperial China. This paper argues that more case studies under a long term vision of late imperial China are still needed to refine our understanding of statecraft thought and its practitioners, as well as clarify its influence and later heritage.


Keywords: study of statecraft thought of late imperial China, comment, last thirty years, definition, source materials