Erlitou and Xia: A Dispute between Chinese and Overseas Scholars. 10,400

Authors: Chen Chun; Gong Xin
Journal: Social Evolution & History. Volume 17, Number 2 / September 2018


Based on a review of the excavation and research at the Erlitou site at Yanshi in Henan and the Xia Culture, this article explores the causes of dispute between Chinese and overseas scholars concerning the study of early Chinese states, in terms of epistemology, archaeological paradigms, utilization of historical records, reasoning method and normative versus ideographic approaches. The argument of this article is that this dispute occurs not only from the differences in academic traditions, but also the methodological backwardness caused by a lack of international exchange.