Historiography offers an in-depth understanding of “doing History”. This course explores the most important thinkers and historians on historical writing and inquiry since the pre-Qin period. It examines ideas that have had a major impact on the writing of Chinese history. It also emphasises the relationship among politics, thoughts, culture and historical writing in the official and private sectors. Furthermore, the compilation and structure of official histories, classification of historical texts, reliability of historical records, differences between official and, public histories etc. will be discussed. Important historical texts will also be studied.