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The School of History

Founded in 1913, the School of History at Wuhan University is one of the earliest history teaching and research institutions of higher education in China. After several generations’ continuous efforts, an industrious and rigorous learning and teaching style has been formed. The school has also developed its academic characteristics, such as a combination of theoretical investigation with empirical research, dynastic history with specialized history, regional history with national history, and an equal focus on traditional literatures and excavated documents. Over the past decades, it has made great achievements in team construction, historical research, academic exchanges and young talent training. Possessing these advantages and potential, the School of History has had an important place and deep influence in the teaching of history and historical research field both within China and abroad.


The School now has three first-class disciplines, namely Chinese History, World History and Archaeology. Ancient Chinese History and World History are listed as State-level key disciplines and can enroll undergraduates (4 years), Master students (3 years), PhD students (about 4 years) and postdoctoral candidates. It also has multiple research centers and institutes such as the Institute of Third to Ninth Century Chinese History, Institute of World History, Center for Traditional Chinese Culture Studies and Center for Bamboo and Silk Manuscripts Studies etc.. With a total of 61 professional teachers including 31 professors, 20 associate professors and 10 lecturers, the faculty of history is also a highly efficient and cooperative teaching and research team of reasonable age ranges and high professional profile.


In recent years, the School has hosted more than ten national major historical research projects and published the following outstanding volumes: Collected Works of Tang Zhangru(8 volumes), Studies of Bamboo Manuscripts Excavated in Chu State during the Warring States Period(10 volumes), Studies of China and the World during the Anti-Fascist War(9 volumes) etc.. Due to these achievements, the School has been awarded more than twenty prizes for its historical research outputs by the provincial and national educational departments. In 2013, in particular, the school won 7 awards in the 6th Appraisal of Outstanding Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences for Universities in China from the Chinese Ministry of Education thus becoming the top-performing school in the Chinese University system in the historical research field. Moreover, the School is a publisher of three academic periodicals namely The Journal of the 3-9th Century Chinese History, Series on Humanities, and Bamboo and Silk, which are included in the Chinese Social Sciences Citation Index (CSSCI) journals. The above achievements demonstrate the great research potential and remarkable academic influence of the School.


As a National Personnel Training and Science Research Base for Liberal Arts (History), the School offers three programs for undergraduates: Chinese History, World History, and Archaeology. It was also selected by the Ministry of Education as a School of high proficiency and characteristics in the discipline of history and was designated as the National Innovative Training Base of History Talents. The School has successfully set up two National Excellent Courses: Chinese Ancient History and Modern World History. These are also National Open Access Courses. The School also publishes a postgraduate academic magazine---The Luojia History World, and implements innovative educational measures such as introducing a tutorial system and annual thesis for undergraduates, inviting experts from outside Wuhan University to give lectures, and organizing Historical Cultural Festival etc.. The teaching research project---“The Empirical Study of Open and International School System of World History won the first prize in the 7th Appraisal of National Teaching Achievement Award for Higher Education in 2014.


The School of History values international communication and cooperation and has established profound academic friendship with universities and institutions abroad. The exchange activities involve sending young teachers and students to study abroad, and inviting outstanding scholars to deliver lectures and collaborating in hosting international academic conferences. For example, the International Forum for the Study of Chinese Excavated Texts, in collaboration with Chicago University (USA) has been successfully held seven times, and has exerted a deep influence on international Sinology.


The School library has over 100,000 books (over 20,000 in foreign languages), and over 200 periodicals (over 5,600 issues in foreign languages). The Antique Showroom is a small museum containing more than 8,100 historical relics. Owning over 300 computers, servers and auxiliary equipment, equipped with multimedia classrooms, language laboratories and computer rooms, the School of History provides sound facilities and abundant resources for teaching, researching and talents training.