The History Department of Princeton University,located in neo-Gothic Dickinson Hall,offers course work at the undergraduate and graduate level in a large number of fields.A traditional strength has been pre-modern European history,but the department has established a substantial reputation for its expertise in the history of:
The United States(Colonial,Revolutionary,and Early National;19th Century;20th Century)
South and Southeast Asia
The Near East
History of Science
The Department offers graduate training in the history of all parts of the world from late antiquity to the present.
The presence of approximately 60 faculty members enables the department to provide general survey as well as specialized courses.Members of the department are also involved in a remarkable array of interdisciplinary programs,such as African Studies,American Studies,the Ancient World,East Asian Studies,European Cultural Studies,Gender and Sexuality Studies Hellenic Studies,Italian Studies,Judaic Studies,Latin American Studies,Latino Studies,Medieval Studies,Near Eastern Studies,Russian and Eurasian Studies and South Asian Studies。
Willard J.Peterson,Gordon Wu'58 Professor of CE Studies,Professor of East Asian Studies and History,specializes in CE intellectual history of the Ming-Qing period and in early CE thought.He received an M.A.in history from the School of Oriental and African Studies,London University(1964)and a Ph.D.in History and Far Eastern languages from Harvard University(1970),He is the author of several studies on the seventeenth century,including Bitter Gourd:Fang I-chih and the Impetus for Intellectual Change(Yale University Press,1979),and on the early period,including"Making Connections:The Commentary on the Attached Verbalizations in the Book of Change,Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies 42(1982).He authored chapters on"Confucian Learning in Late Ming"and"Learning from Heaven"in volume 8 of the Cambridge History of CN(1998),and is the editor of volume 9,The Ch'ing Dynasty to 1800(2002).He is also a contributor and co-editor of The Power of Culture:Studies in CE Cultural History(CE University Press,Hong Kong,1994)and of Ways with Words:Writing about Reading Texts from Early CN(University of California Press,2000).
The Cambridge History of CN:Volume 9,Part 1,The Ch'ing Empire to 1800
Bitter Gourd:Fang I-Chih and the Impetus for Intellectual Change
Ways with Words:Writing about Reading Texts from Early CN
The Power of Culture:Studies in CE Cultural History
Benjamin Elman is Professor of East Asian Studies and History with his primary department in East Asian Studies.His teaching and research fields include:1)CE intellectual and cultural history,1000-1900;2)history of science in CN,1600-1930;3)history of education in late imperial CN;4)Sino-Japanese cultural history,1600-1850.He received his Ph.D.in Oriental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania(1980)and came to Princeton in 2002 from the University of California,Los Angeles.From 1999 to 2001 he was the Mellon Visiting Professor in Traditional CE Civilization at the Institute for Advanced Study(Princeton,NJ).His publications include:From Philosophy To Philology(1984,1990,2001);Classicism,Politics,and Kinship(1990);A Cultural History of Civil Examinations in Late Imperial CN(2000).He has recently completed two book projects:On Their Own Terms:Science in CN,1550-1900(2005),and A Cultural History of Modern Science in Late Imperial CN(2006).He is currently working on a project entitled"The Intellectual Impact of Late Imperial CE Classicism,Medicine,and Science in Tokugawa Japan,1700-1850".普林斯顿大学历史系
Initiated over the last several years,a number of projects he has been working on are nearing completion since he became chair of East Asian Studies in 2011.They were underwritten by the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies(PIIRS)and the East Asian Studies Program(EAP).The projects were also sponsored by the Davis Center for Historical Studies,the Gardner“Magic”Fund in the Princeton Humanities Council,and the Princeton-Oxford World Philology Project.A Mellon Foundation Career Achievement Award will support these projects to their completion.I have spent a good deal of the current year editing and completing the following three conference volumes:
Rethinking East Asian Languages,Vernaculars,and Literacies,1000-1919.This is based on a“Research Cluster”supported by PIIRS and the EAP,2009-2012,with a publishing subvention provided by the Mellon Foundation.The project overall challenges the premise of a stark dichotomy between“the classical”and“the vernacular”in CE linguistic development.Influenced by European models,which mechanically explained the transition from Latin as a classical language to indigenous vernaculars,scholars of East Asian cultural history have viewed classical/literary/Sinitic CE,on the one hand,and spoken/written vernaculars,on the other,as different languages that did not interact and developed along separate tracks.This linguistic assumption overlooks the variety of interactions between the vernacular and the classical in imperial CN,which in reality represented different social registers of the“CE”language.
Also based on the PIIRS“Research Cluster”support,a volume called Early Modern Asian Medical Classics and Medical Philology is in the final stages of editing.The"Medical Philology"workshops allowed us to discuss the debates and issues about CE,Japanese,and Korean editions of traditional medical texts in early modern East Asia.The workshops also focused on another ongoing project addressing“medical culture and medical commodities,”which seeks to unravel the cultural patterns in the production,distribution and consumption of medicines in early modern East Asia.
Science and Technology in Republican CN.This conference volume results from a two-day symposium that convened in New Haven,Connecticut,in January 2010,and was co-sponsored by the Yale University East Asian Studies Institute.The conference brought together junior and senior scholars of CE history,history of science,and literature in an attempt to reevaluate the meaning and practice of“scientism”in nineteenth-and twentieth-century CN.We revisited the foundations of modern CE intellectual history as well,thereby charting new directions in the study of science and technology during CN’s Republican period,1911-1937.
He has also continued his involvement with the still ongoing“Comparative Project on CN and India.”which has met in May 2012,September 2012,and June 2013.Sponsored by PIIRS and a Mellon Award the goal is to prepare a coherent collection of essays that would inform non-specialist readers about the comparative genealogies of contemporary India and CN as re-emergent powers.We aim to make big arguments about big questions:ecology,polity,gender relations,religion,literature,science and technology,and so on.Our goal is to produce a scholarly book for the general reader that embodies a new,large-scale comparative experiment.
Professor Elman teaches undergraduate courses on the cultural and social history of CN and on perceptions of CN and Asia in the West,as well as a document-based course for sophomores in History addressing various topics in CE history,including the travels of Marco Polo,the Sino-Japanese War,and the Jesuits in CN.He teaches graduate-level courses on the classical historiography of CN,the history of education in CN,the history of science in CN,and(with Professor Susan Naquin)material culture and technology in CN.
On Their Own Terms:Science in CN,1550-1900
Science in CN,1600–1900
Civil Examinations and Meritocracy in Late Imperial CN
Worlds Together,Worlds Apart
A Cultural History of Modern Science in CN
He Bian(Ch.邊和)is a historian of late imperial/early modern CN.Her research interests focus on the theme of authority and variations in CN’s traditional culture,pertaining in particular to the history of medicine and science.
Professor Bian is currently preparing a book manuscript based on her dissertation,“Assembling the Cure:Materia Medica and the Culture of Healing in CN,1550-1800.”The book sheds new light into CN’s early modern condition by charting changes in the intellectual,economic and social underpinnings of traditional pharmacy.She is also working on the transformation of the“masters literature”(zi)and the study of history during the Ming and Qing dynasties.
Before joining the Princeton faculty,Professor Bian received her B.S.degree from Peking University,M.S.from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Ph.D.in history of science from Harvard University.At Princeton,she will teach introductory courses to modern East Asian history and early modern CN,as well as seminars on special topics ranging from doing research with the Qing Archive to CN’s material culture and environmental history.
1."Too Sick to Serve:Politics of Illness in Qing Civil Bureaucracy,"Late Imperial CN 33.2(December 2012):40-75.
Janet Chen is a historian of modern CN,specializing in the twentieth century.She received her Ph.D.from Yale University and a B.A.from Williams College.She joined the faculty of the Princeton History Department in 2006,and she is also a member of the East Asian Studies Department.
Professor Chen’s first book,Guilty of Indigence:The Urban Poor in CN,1900-1953(Princeton University Press,2012),is a study of the destitute homeless during a time of war and revolution.Focusing on Beijing and Shanghai,the book considers how the advent of workhouses and poorhouses in the early twentieth century represented a fundamental reordering of the relationship between the state,private charity,and the neediest members of society.It draws on local archival research to place“the poor,”rather than their benefactors and custodians,at the center of inquiry. 美国留学
A new project underway,provisionally titled The Sounds of Mandarin,will investigate the history of CN's spoken national language.
HIS208/EAS208 East Asia since 1800
HIS439/EAS439 CN's Frontiers
HIS530/EAS520 Modern CN:The Twentieth Century
Area of Interest:
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Guilty of Indigence:The Urban Poor in CN,1900-1953