Sources of Zhou Historical Knowledge from Archaeological and Textual Perspectives

Event Date: 

Monday, November 19, 2018 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Event Location: 

  • HSSB 3001E

Prof. Min Li  

Using a wide range of historical and archaeological data, this talk proposes a new account of the long-term processes that enabled a classical civilization in China to take shape. It addresses these questions: What were the diverse sources of the Zhou Historical Knowledge? How did the Zhou state use this historical knowledge as the blueprint for its state-building enterprise? Using the notion of memory communities, I reveal how legacies of prehistoric interregional interactions, state formation, urban efflorescence and collapse during the late third and the second millenniums BCE laid the critical foundation for the notion of Three Dynasties in Zhou historiography.