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Open Access Court Historiography In Early Tang China: Assigning A Place To History And Historians At The Palace

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Court Historiography In Early Tang China: Assigning A Place To History And Historians At The Palace

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In Tang China (618-907 CE) policies and political interaction took shape at court, in the context of palace life. The placement of the historians within the precincts of the palace was an illustration of the 'politicization of history', the institutional and political appropriation of history writing by the Tang court. This chapter discusses the timing of the history project, and shows that it was an ingenious move by Tang Taizong. The Tang dynasty gave historians a place at the court within the palace grounds in 629-630. There is a general tendency to regard Chinese historiography as being designed to teach moral lessons. The success of the Tang was possible only because Emperor Taizong was a man who had the ability to change the unfavorable to his favor. This skill gave him a strong hand in initiating his history writing project.

Keywords: Chinese; historians; palace; Tang China; Tang dynasty; Tang Taizong

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