EALC PAPER OUTLINE

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EALC PAPER OUTLINE 28/04/2010 23:04:00 TOPIC: What are the social and political responsibilities of the ancient historian in  East Asia? What roles were the historians expected to fill, and what risks were  involved? OUTLINE Introduction  “But not until the Han, when the Chinese acquired a new sense of cultural  unity, was there any evidence of an attempt to produce a comprehensive  history of the entire past” (de Bary 369) o start of records good moral example accurate information display the truth  sima qian, great historian  5 sections of history  risk of replacement  risk of death  Part 1: Social Responsibilities  Topic Sentence: The historians social responsibility was to be a good moral  example by enriching them and educating them with accurate information that  acted as a ethical guide.  Provide moral examples for people  o to help them choose between right and wrong  o “the function of history, as seem in this statement, is twofold: to impart  tradition and to provide edifying moral examples as embodied by the  classics. These two traditions, one recording the words and deeds of  history, the other illustrating moral principles through historical  incidents, run through all Chinese historiography”-(De Bary 368) historians expected to provide readers with this information  moral examples show people how to behave in society o “but all literate people were expected to study the histories of the past 
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