Soon to celebrate his centennial year, Michael Loewe is certainly the most eminent Han historian today. Without his numerous publications - including not only such foundational reference works as The Biographical Dictionary of Qin and Western Han and Early Chinese Texts but also a wide range of more specialized studies - it is hard to imagine how the once-neglected field of Han history could have garnered such respect among scholars in allied fields in Euro-America and abroad. In these introductory remarks, we reflect on Michael Loewe's distinguished contributions to the field of early Chinese history over several decades and his extraordinary record as teacher. We draw special attention to several ways in which Professor Loewe's work continues to challenge such outdated and anachronistic paradigms as Confucianism, and we note the careful ways he correlates received, found, and excavated sources. We conclude the introduction with a set of reflections situating Professor Loewe as teacher within a distinguished Sinological lineage.
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- Religious studies
- Literature and Literary Theory
- cross-cultural and cross-chronological research
- history of scholarship
- reception histories
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