Homer Hasenpflug Dubs (March 28, 1892-August 16, 1969) [biography in Wikipedia]
Official Titles of the Han Dynasty
The following material is from unpublished pieces by the late Professor Jack L. Dull. The first deals with the New Text/Old Text controversy and presents a more nuanced picture than Professor Dull has sometimes been given credit for.
Two other papers on the legitimation of the Ch’in and Han regimes were presented by Professor Dull to the “Conference on the Legitimation of Chinese Regimes” sponsored by the Committee on the Study of Chinese Civilization of the American Council of Learned Societies and held at Asilomar, Monterey, California, June 15-24, 1975. The papers were subsequently revised in the late 1980’s for inclusion in a conference volume that Prof. Dull was editing. Unfortunately, although the ms. appears to have been ready for submission to a press, the volume remained unpublished at Prof. Dull’s passing in 1995. While the secondary sources used for the papers are now somewhat dated, the ideas and analysis presented are not. During the conference discussion, the late Arthur F. Wright described Prof. Dull’s presentation on Ch’in legitimation as “an important and daring paper.” In light of the work done by others since, Prof. Dull’s views may no longer seem so path-breaking. Still, specialists should still find this material both interesting and stimulating. In addition to the papers themselves, Prof. Dull wrote an introduction and a conclusion for the entire conference volume and an analytical “discussion” for each paper. These are included here as well. Readers will note that the discussion in the introduction and conclusion refer to the other papers presented at the conference. Many of these were ultimately published elsewhere by their respective authors.
We wish to thank Mrs. Peggy Dull for her permission to make this material available on line.
History and the Old Text-New Text Controversy in the Han