2016/2017 School of Chinese Research Students Seminar
Scholarship of Statecraft during the Qian-Jia Period:
Background and Intentions of Bi Yuan’s Annotation of Mozi
劉訓茜 Liu Xunqian
Date and Time: April 21 2017 (Friday), 5:30-6:45pm
Venue: Room 730, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus
Discussion on the revival of Mohist studies in modern China has always attributed the emergence of Confucian scholars’ annotations of the Mozi since the middle of the Qing Dynasty to the inner logic behind the development of evidential scholarship during the reigns of Emperors Qianlong and Jiaqing. Grounded on relevant original sources, this talk presents the adverse political and military circumstances around 1781 resulted from the suppression of the Muslim revolt in Shaanxi province and the subsequent rehabilitation facing Bi Yuan during his office as the provincial governor. It points out that the intention behind Bi’s annotation of the Mozi was more than evidential scholarship: he was seeking a solution for statecraft in a classical work. On the one hand, the main reason behind the revolts by Muslims in Shaanxi and Gansu provinces during the Qing was the inappropriate handling of incidents related to the Muslims by officials who were intimidated by the robustness and recklessness of the Muslim. On the other hand, revolts broke out continuously because of the poor coordination between military and political administrations in the provincial government, the excessive reduction of the stationing army in the provinces as well as improper rehabilitation measures etc. By analysing Bi Yuan’s intention behind his annotation of the Mozi, this talk aims to refute the dichotomy between evidential scholarship and the scholarship of statecraft during the reigns of Qianlong and Jiaqing, and to reflect on the current paradigm of studying the scholarship of statecraft of late Qing.
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