Social History

TLS was inspired from the start by the tradition of conceptual history as represented in the work of the social historian R. Koselleck, and as exemplified in the comprehensive, though Euro-centric

  1. Geschichtliche Grundbegriffe [Basic historical concepts] 8 vols.
  2. Historisches Worterbuch der Philosophie [Historical dict. of philosophy] 12 vols
  3. Historisches Worterbuch der Rhetorik [Historical dict.of rhetoric] 6 vols,
  4. Archiv fur Begriffsgeschichte [Archive for conceptual hist.]40 v. so far. (1955-))

TLS sees the history of conceptualisations and of conceptual schemes as partly creating and defining the evolving intellectual and social space in which historical agents think, plan, and operate. (See the seminal R. Koselleck, Kritik und Krise (1959), tr. MIT Press 1988).

TLS aims to provide a bilingual, broad philological basis for the comparative investigation of such conceptual developments in China.

The main historical focus of TLS is on the operative common-use current vocabulary which shaped general Chinese cultural and social practice over the last 3000 years, with special emphasis on keywords of the civilisation. (See R. Williams, Keywords (Fontana, 1985))