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December 08, 2008

Charles Hartman

Soldiers, Money, and History in Song China (960-1279)

Tuesday, April 7
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Charles Hartman
Department of East Asian Studies, The University at Albany

In the conventional understanding of Chinese history, the Song dynasty (960-1279) appears as a period during which civil officials, fortified by a renewal of Confucian values and recruited through an expanded civil service system, inaugurated a period of civilian rule that lead to a domination of literati over military officials in the administration of the dynasty. This view derives ultimately from the official Song History (Songshi) of 1345. My research challenges this assumption by examining the history of the dynasty's financial administration. Preliminary results suggest that Song civil officials fought a losing battle for control of dynastic resources, yet, through their control of the state historiographic function, were able to create an enduring historical image to the contrary.

Professor Charles Hartman obtained his PhD from the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at Indiana University in 1975. A member of the Department of East Asian Studies at the University at Albany since 1980, his present research focuses on the history and historiography of the Song dynasty (960-1279).

Posted by batesbe at December 8, 2008 10:34 AM