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Citadel News Service
25 Mar 2011

Keith Knapp selected by Cambridge University for editorship

Keith Knapp, chairman of The Citadel Department of History, has been named by Cambridge University the co-editor of Volume 2 of the “Cambridge History of China.” Knapp will share the editorship with Albert Dien, professor emeritus of Asian Languages at Stanford University.

The “Cambridge History of China” is the largest and most comprehensive English translation of history of China and was started by western Sinologists John Fairbanks, an American scholar at Harvard University, and the English scholar Denis Twithcett of Princeton University. Upon its completion the series will have 15 volumes.

Knapp said the work is meant to provide the most definitive scholarship of each period of Chinese history by the best scholars from across the globe.

“When a student or scholar needs to know about a particular era of Chinese history, this often is the resource that he or she first consults,” he said. “The extraordinary reach of this series can be seen in that it can be found in nearly 1,500 libraries around the world.”

Volume 2, which covers the history of the Period of Disunion that lasted from AD 220 to 589, is one of the few remaining uncompleted volumes. Twenty years ago, Denis Twitchett attempted to complete this volume, but the project stumbled due to a lack of specialists, Knapp said. Since then, the field has grown appreciably to the point where this project is now feasible.

“I have always wanted to write a chapter for the prestigious “Cambridge History of China,” Knapp said. “I never dreamed, though, that I would have the opportunity to be an editor of a volume in this series.”

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