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DAVIS, Richard L. (戴仁柱)
Chair Professor of History

Tel.: (852) 2616-7007
Fax.: (852) 2467-7478
Email: rdavis@LN.edu.hk

Academic & Professional Qualifications

Ph.D.,  Princeton University, East Asian Studies, 1980
M.A.,   Princeton University, East Asian Studies, 1977
M.A.,   State University of New York at Buffalo, History, 1975
B.A.,   State University of New York at Buffalo, Political Science and Asian Studies double major, 1973

Areas of Interest

Middle Period China (Five Dynasties, Song), Political, Social, & Cultural, Military History

Publications

  • Books
  • Articles
  • Book Reviews
  • Conference Papers
  • Research Projects

Books:

From Warhorses to Ploughshares: The Later Tang Reign of Emperor Mingzong (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2014), 224 pp.

Lingren, Wushi, Lieshou: Hou Tang Zhuangzong Li Cunxu Zhuan《伶人•武士•猎手 -後唐莊宗李存傳》 [Biography of Li Cunxu, Zhuangzong of Later Tang, 885-926], translated by Ma Jia. (Beijing: Zhonghua shuju, 2009), 225 pp.

The Cambridge History of China, Volume 5: The Sung Dynasty and its Precursors, 907-1279 (Part 1)
, edited by Denis C. Twitchett and Paul Smith (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009), political narrative for the reigns of Kuang-tsung, Ning-tsung, and Li-tsung (A.D. 1189-1279).

Historical Records of the Five Dynasties
[Wudai shiji], Ouyang Xiu. Translated with an Introduction by Richard L. Davis (New York: Columbia University Press, 2004), 748 pp. Revised paperback edition, 2008.

Wind Against the Mountain: The Crisis of Politics and Culture in Thirteenth-Century China
[Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph Series #42] (Cambridge: Council on East Asian Studies and Harvard University Press, 1996), 283 pp.  Published in Chinese translation by Liu Xiao, Shisan shiji zhongguo zhengzhi yu wenhua weiji (Beijing: Zhongguo guangbo dianshi chubanshe, 2003).

Court and Family in Sung China, 960-1279: Bureaucratic Success and Kinship Fortunes for the Shih of Ming-chou
(Durham: Duke University Press, 1986), 353 pp.

Articles:

“Chaste and Filial Women in the Historical Writings of Ouyang Xiu,” Journal of the American Oriental Society, Vol. 121, #2 (April-June 2001), pp. 204-218. [peer-reviewed]

“The Heroism of Chou Shih-tsung in the Eleventh Century: Perspectives from the Historical Records of the Five Dynasties,” in Song Xuxuan jiaoshou bazhi songqing lunwenji [Festschrift honoring Professor Sung Shee on the occasion of his eightieth birthday] (Taipei: 2000), pp. 1134-48
宋旭軒教授八秩嵩慶論文集

“The ‘Sociologizing’ of Sung Studies in Taiwan,” Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient (Leiden), Vol. 42, #1 (1999), pp. 94-110. [
peer-reviewed]

“Images of the South in Ouyang Xiu’s Historical Records of the Five Dynasties,“ Shixue yu wenxian
史學與文獻, Vol. 2 [Historiography and Historical Documents], Tung-wu University (Taipei: Xuesheng shuju, 1998), pp. 97-157.

“Martial Men and Military Might in the Historical Writing of Ouyang Xiu,“ in Kim Hua Paksa Cengnyen Kinyem Sahak Nonchong [Festschrift celebrating the retirement of Professor Yub Kim] (Chungbuk, Korea: Chungbuk Historical Society, 1998), Series #21, pp. 753-784.
金燁博士停年紀念 史學論叢 慶北史學

“Historical Critic or Cultural Mediator – Ouyang Xiu on Legitimate Rule,” in Qingzhu Deng Guangming jiaoshou jiushi huadan lunwenji [Festschrift celebrating the Ninetieth birthday of Prof. Deng Guangming] ed. by Tian Yuqing (Shijiazhuang: Henan jiaoyu chubanshe, 1997), pp. 426-448
慶祝鄧廣銘教授九十華誕論文集

“The Shi Tombs at Dongqian Lake,” Journal of Sung and Yuan Studies, Vol. 26 (1996), pp. 201-216.

“Custodians of Education and Endowment at the State Schools of Southern Sung,” Journal of Sung and Yuan Studies, Vol. 25 (1995),95-119. [
peer-reviewed]

“The Mongol World,” in The World Book Encyclopedia, 1998 ed., pp. 88-89 (on Genghis Khan), 293 (on Timur), 462 (on Silk Road)

“Evolution of an Historical Stereotype for the Southern Sung – the case against Shih Mi-yuan,” in Ryū Shiken hakuse shōju kinen: Sōshi kenkyū rōnshū [Festschrift Honoring the Life of Prof. James T.C. Liu: Essays in Sung History], edited by Kinugawa Tsuyoshi (Kyoto: Dohosha, 1989), pp.  357-386.
衣川強 劉子健博士頌壽紀念宋史研究論集

“Sung Historiography: Empirical Ideals and Didactic Realities,” Chinese Culture (Taipei), Vol. 29, #4 (Dec. 1988), pp. 67-80.

“Historiography as Politics in Yang Wei-chen’s ‘Polemic on Legitimate Succession,’” T’oung Pao (Leiden), Vol. 69 (1983), pp. 33-72. [
peer-reviewed]

“Political Success and the Growth of Descent Groups: The Shih of Ming-chou during the Sung,” in Kinship Organization in Late Imperial China, edited by Patricia Ebrey and James Watson (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1986), pp. 62-94. [
peer-reviewed]

 

Book Reviews:

“Unbounded Loyalty: Frontier Crossings in Liao China,” by Naomi Standen, Journal of Chinese Studies, Hong Kong, 2008.

“Mirroring the Past: The Writing and Use of History in Imperial China, by On-cho Ng and Q. Edward Wang, American Historical Review, 2007.

“Society and the Supernatural in Song China,” by Edward L. Davis, in Journal of Oriental Studies (Hong Kong), Vol. 39, #2 (2005), pp. 246-47.

“Social Power and Legal Culture: Litigation Masters in Late Imperial China,“ Melissa MacAuley, in American Journal of Legal History of Temple University School of Law, Vol. XLIII (2001), pp. 228-229.

“Studies on the Jurchens and the Chin Dynasty,” Herbert Franke and Hoklam Chan, in Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society (London),3rd series, Vol. 8, Part 3 (Nov. 1998), pp. 487-488.

“Powerful Relations: Kinship, Status, & State in Sung China,” Beverly J. Bossler, in Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Vol. 62, Part 1 (1999), pp. 178-179.

“Ordering the World: Approaches to State and Society in Sung Dynasty China,” edited by Robert Hymes and Conrad Schirokauer, in Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Vol. 53, Part 3 (1995), pp. 597-599.

“The Inner Quarters: Marriage and the Lives of Chinese Women in the Sung Period,” by Patricia Ebrey, in The American Historical Review, Vol. 99, #5 (Dec. 1994), pp. 1735-1736.

“Law and Order in Sung China,” by Brian McKnight, in Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Vol. 52, Part 1 (1994), pp. 248-249.

 

Conference Papers:

“Acculturation of Alien Regimes of the Five Dynasties,” delivered at the Association for Asian Studies, Annual Convention, April 2002.

“Dating commentary in the Historical Records of the Five Dynasties,” delivered at the
Symposium for Sung History [Songshi zuotanhui], Taipei, Taiwan April 15, 2001.

“Degenerate Times as Backdrop to Regeneration: Ouyang Xiu’s Historical Records of the Five Dynasties,” delivered at conference on
Chinese Notions of Time in Comparative Perspectives, Taipei, Taiwan, May 26-28, 2000.

“Images of the south in the historical writings of the Five Dynasties,” delivered at the
Second Symposium on Historiography and Historical Documents, at Tung-wu University, Taipei, Taiwan (May 1998).

“The ‘Sociologizing’ of Sung Studies in Taiwan,” delivered at the
35th International Congress of Asian and North African Studies, Budapest, Hungary (July 1997).

“Material Life and Political Ethics in the Late Southern Song,” delivered at the
International Symposium on Yuan history and Song/Yuan Culture, at Jinan University, Guangzhou, China (May 1997).

“Migration in and about Siming: The Shi of Ming and Qing,” delivered at the
Conference on Family and Society in Early Modern China, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan (June 1996).

“The Royal Women of a Waning Sung: Reflections on Dowagers Hsieh and Ch’uan,” delivered at the
Second Symposium on Sung History, Chinese Culture University, Taipei, Taiwan (December 1995).

“The Confluence of Family and Political History,” delivered at the
American Historical Association, Annual Convention, Chicago (December 1991).

“The Imperial University Leading the Late Sung Bureaucracy: The Ignoble Finale of Ch’en Yi-chung,” delivered at the
Symposium on Confucian Intellectuals: Ideals and Actions, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (July 1990).

“Sung Historiography: Empirical Ideals and Didactic Realities,” delivered at the
International Symposium on Sung History, Taipei, Taiwan (June 1988).

“The Late Sung Response to the Yuan: Loyalism or Regionalism?” delivered at the
Association for Asian Studies, Annual Convention, Boston (April 1987).

“Shih Mi-yuan at the hands of Traditional Historians: The Succession of 1224,” delivered at the
International Symposium on the History of the Sung Dynasty, Hangzhou, China (May 1985).

“’Protection,’ Imperial Favor, and Family Fortunes in Sung China,” delivered at the
Conference on Kinship and Family in Chinese History, Asilomar, California (January 1983).

 

Research Projects:

My most recent book is a translation of a history of tenth-century China, Historical Records of the Five Dynasties, by Ouyang Xiu (1007-72). The 748-page work was my first translation project, my first book-length work on Chinese historiography, and my first foray into the tenth century, having worked heretofore mostly with the late Song dynasty (thirteenth century). Columbia University Press published the hardback in 2004 and released paperback in 2008.

Growing out of this new thrust in the Five Dynasties period is a biography of the Shatuo who founded the Later Tang dynasty, Li Cunxu (885-926). The book, Tongguangdi Zhuangzong zhuan will be published in Beijing by Zhonghua Shuju, which plans a summer 2009 release. It is my first book in Chinese.