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Ying-shih Yü

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231178600

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231178600.001.0001

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Clio’s New Cultural Turn and the Rediscovery of Tradition in Asia

Clio’s New Cultural Turn and the Rediscovery of Tradition in Asia

(p.368) 19. Clio’s New Cultural Turn and the Rediscovery of Tradition in Asia
Chinese History and Culture

Ying-shih Yü

, Josephine Chiu-Duke, Michael S. Duke
Columbia University Press

This study describes the changes in historiography from the positivistic conception of history of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries through the social scientific approach to hermeneutics and the search for meanings in contemporary cultural studies. While discussing how intellectual history has been redefined in terms of cultures as structures of meaning, the essay emphasizes the importance of the re-discovery of tradition, especially the study of Chinese history in its own terms as a tradition with it own cultural characteristics.

Keywords:   positivistic history, universal laws, cultural history, structure, hermeneutics, tradition

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