1. Brief History
The Department of History was founded in 1991, when only the MA degree program was offered. The undergraduate program was established in 1993. The following year saw the addition of the PhD program.
The Department is committed to training future historians by providing them with a rigorous program that combines traditional Chinese studies in literature,history and philosophy with methods from the social sciences. The four principal domains of research in the Department are medieval Chinese history, Ming-Ch¡¦ing history, world history, and, more recently, Taiwanese history. The Department is particularly strong in medieval Chinese history. Research interests of the faculty cover almost all aspects of the medieval period . They range from political history, social history,religious history and ethnic history to historical geography.
All the faculty members hold a doctoral degree, which they earned from top-notch universities in Asia, Europe, America and Australia. Since 2002, Professor Wong Young¡Vtsu has been appointed Chair Professor of the Department. Professor Sun Lung-kee joined the faculty in 2004. Together, they would help the Department grow into a major center for the study of new cultural history as well as modern and contemporary Chinese history.
3. Future Development
¡@Besides medieval Chinese history, the main thrust of research of the faculty, the Department intends to further promote the study of Taiwanese history, a discipline for which the Department boasts a strong faculty. Professor Yen Shang-wen, the current Head of the Department, has served as Director of the Chia-i City Gazetteer Project. Under his directorship, the project was completed in 2002, and publication of the gazetteer is now in progress. Besides Professor Yen, the Project Committee consisted, among others, of Professor Lee Rouh-wen and Professor Chang Chien-chiu. This Committee has now developed into the Center for Humanities Studies, which includes a section for the study of Taiwanese history.
¡@Another area that the Department intends to develop is new cultural history. The addition to the Department of Professor Wong Young-tsu and Professor Sun Lung-kee, who are experts in cultural history and historiography, is expected to enhance the quality of teaching and research in the Department, particularly in the three designated areas of study, namely ¡§History and Thought,¡¨ ¡§Society and Religion¡¨ and ¡§State and Economy.¡¨
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