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MUC School of History and Culture

School Overview & Development History


The MUC School of History and Culture was established in 1956. Its predecessor was the MUC Department of History. It was one of the earliest faculties established in MUC. In July 2008, it was renamed as MUC School of History and Culture. Under the school, there are the Ethnic Minority Nationality History Teaching and Research Section, the Chinese Ancient History Teaching and Research Section, the Contemporary Chinese History Teaching and Research Section, the World History Teaching and Research Section, the National History Research Institute, and the Manchu Studies Institute. The College is in the second phase of the "985 Project" of the Ministry of Education, "China's Frontier Ethnic Regions History and Geography Research Center," and undertakes the "211 Project" Phase III "China Minority History and Religion Key Project." The undergraduate history major is "National Liberal Arts Foundation." The discipline training and scientific research base is the specialty construction point of Beijing higher education institutions.


The School of History and Culture is one of the earliest departments established at MUC. When the departments were adjusted in 1952, professors from the Department of History of Tsinghua University and the Department of Sociology of Yanjing University joined MUC. Academic predecessors such as Weng Dujian, an expert on the history of Mongolia, Fu Lehuan, an expert on the history of Liao and Jin, Wang Zhonghan, an expert on the history of the Qing Dynasty, and Zhang Xitong, an expert on the history of Chinese and Western transportation all made the MUC School of History and Culture their near home.


Through the efforts of several generations of scholars, a disciplinary framework featuring Chinese national history, including core elements, namely ancient Chinese history, modern Chinese history, and world history as its pillars, was formed. The school has a complete education system for undergraduates, masters, doctors, and post-doctoral students of history. It is one of the schools with a long history and the most distinctive characteristics at MUC. It has been enlisted into the national "double first-class" high-level discipline development sequence.


In terms of facilities, there are 4 teaching and research sections that respectively address ethnic history, ancient Chinese history, modern Chinese history, and world history. The school also has 7 government administrators, a school CCP committee office, a student work office, an undergraduate teaching management office, a graduate teaching management office as well as a Library and Reference Room.



Majors & Programs


The research feature of the school is the history of Chinese nationalities and the history of national relations, including the Mongolian, Manchu, Tibetan, and Uyghur nationalities, as well as the southern national history, the South-central national history, etc., covering the Qin and Han history, Sui and Tang history, Song-Yuan history, Ming and Qing history, etc. The ancient history is principally divided into the fields of world history, including the history of modern Chinese history and the history of modern national relations, and the history of relations between China and neighboring countries. Upon this, the school offers related coursework in history studies to undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and post-doctoral students.


The history major of the school is a specialty major of history under the Ministry of Education, and is included among the Ministry of Education's "History Research and Innovative Talent Training Experimental Zone", and a key discipline of the National Civil Affairs Commission's "First-Class Discipline of Chinese History". Moreover, Modern Chinese History is regarded as a key discipline by the State Ethnic Affairs Commission.



Undergraduate Programs (4-Year Programs)

  • Ethnic Minority Nationality History

  • Chinese Ancient History

  • Contemporary Chinese History

  • World History



Professional Master's Programs (2-Year Programs)

  • History


Academic Master's Programs (3-Year Programs)

  • History


Doctoral Programs (4-6 Year Programs)

  • History


Post-Doctoral Programs:

  • History


School Focus, Beliefs & Development Objectives


The school has three scientific research platforms: the Research Center of Ancient Chinese History (hosted by Professor Li Hongbin), the Research Center for the History of Relations between China and Neighboring Countries (hosted by Associate Professor Cui Lina), and the research platform for historical and cultural tourism research and planning (hosted by Professor Xu Yongzhi). The school aspires to develop a comphrehensive program based on these aspects of historical research.



Our Talent


The School of History and Culture currently has 37 faculty members, including 30 full-time instructors. Of them, 14 are professors, 4 are associate professors, and 9 are lecturers. All of our instructors have doctoral degrees. Professor Dalizhab and Professor Li Hongbin, Professor Mengman, are both regarded as well-known instructors in Beijing. Other than this, Professor Peng Yong is a distinguished instructor of the National Civil Affairs Commission. All four of these instructors have been awarded the New Century Talents of the Ministry of Education. Two have been awarded the title of "Experts with Outstanding Contributions from the National Ethnic Affairs Commission", 5 instructors have been conferred the "Baosteel Outstanding Teacher" award, and 5 instructors were included into the "MUC Top Ten Teachers List".

Full-Time Staff:40+

Professors: 14

Staff with Masters and Doctoral Degrees: 37 (All doctoral degree holders)


Academic Exchanges and Cooperation at Home and Abroad


In recent years, the school has undertaken 18 national social science fund projects, 20 ministry-level scientific research projects, published nearly 400 academic papers, and published more than 80 books. There are two national-level video public courses, such as "Five Lectures on History of the Tang Dynasty" and the "History of Ancient Chinese Women". The "Summary of Chinese Ethnic History" course, which is an excellent course in Beijing, and the "Outline of Mongolian History" and "Chinese Ethnic History Documents". Because of the outstanding teaching results of the "Exploration and Practice of Cultivating Models for Innovative Research Talents in History", it was conferred first prize in the Beijing Higher Education Teaching Achievement, and the "Chinese National History" textbook team is an outstanding teaching team in Beijing.


Examples of Internationally Active Scholars




Dalizhab (达力扎布), Mongolian Ethnicity

Professor and Doctoral Advisor

Ph.D. in History





Dalizhab, born in 1955, is a Professor and Doctoral Supervisor at the MUC School of Culture and History. His ancestral home is Horqin Zuoyinghouqi, Inner Mongolia. In 1978, he entered the Department of History of Minzu University of China and obtained a bachelor's degree in history in 1982, and worked as a teacher in the Department of History. From 1982 to 1983, he audited archaeology courses in the History Department of Peking University. Thereafter, he obtained a master's degree in history from Nanjing University in 1988 and a doctorate degree in history from the Minzu University of China in 1996. From September 1998 to September 1999, he was funded by the US Harvard-Yenching Institute, during which time he went to Harvard University to conduct cooperative research projects with foreign scholars. From October 2001 to April 2002, he visited the Mongolian National University to conduct academic exchange and research.


Since 1988, he has taught in the History Department of Minzu University of China. He was promoted to associate researcher's title in October 1994 and as a master tutor in 1996. After that, he was once again advanced to the position of professor in November of 2000. He was appointed as a doctoral tutor for specialized history majors in April 2001.


Research Interests & Activity


From 1990 to August 2004, he served as the Deputy Director of the National History Research Office. From August 2000 to March 2004, he served as the head of the History Department. From 2001 to 2010, he was a member of the Teaching Steering Committee of History in Higher Education at the Ministry of Education. Since 2006, he has served as the chief expert of the History and Geography Research Center of China's Frontier Ethnic Regions, the Innovation Base of Minority Language and Culture Education and Borderland History and Geography Research at Minzu University of China. In August 2007, he was hired as a member of the 3-year project titled "National Committee of Experts on the Protection of Ancient Books".



Key Projects



He is currently the vice-chair of the Chinese Mongolian History Society, Director of the Chinese Yuanshi Society, Director of the Chinese National History Society, and Executive Director of the Beijing History Society. He is a part-time researcher of the Ming and Qing Research Center of Peking University, and part-time researcher of the Altai Research Center of Minzu University of China.


Representative Publications



1. Dalizabu: "Ming Dynasty Monan Mongolian History Research", Inner Mongolia Culture Publishing House, January 1998.

2.Manchu-Mongol Relation on the Eve of the Qing Conquest: A Documentary History, Brill Academic Publishers, 2003, Leiden Netherlands.

Personal Academic Works

Dalizabu: "A Manuscript of Mongolian History in Ming and Qing Dynasties", National Publishing House, June 2003.


Academic Papers

1. "The Institutions and Functions of Xuanhui Yuan in Yuan Dynasty", in "Journal of Research on Yuan History and the History of Northern Peoples", No. 11, December 1987.

2. "The Territory of the Early Period of the Northern Yuan Dynasty and the View of Khan", in "Mongolian History Studies", 3rd Series, Inner Mongolia University Press, September 1989.

3. "A Brief History of the Early Northern Yuan Dynasty", "Inner Mongolia Social Sciences", No. 5, 1990.


Undergraduate Courses Taught

  • "General History of China"

  • "History of Chinese Historiography"

  • "Yuan History"

  • "Professional Foreign Languages"

  • "Summary of the History of Northern Peoples"

  • "Summary of the History of Northwest Ethnic Groups"

  • "History of the Mongolian Nationality"


Graduate Courses Taught

  • "Mongolian History Historical Materials and Research Methods"

  • "Mongolian History Special Topics"

  • "Preliminary Mongolian Literature"

  • "Selected Readings of Professional Literature"

  • "Mongolian and Yuan History Topics"

  • "Ancient Books Bibliography"

  • "Mongolian Studies and Chinese History Materials"





Chen Nan (陈楠), Han Ethnicity  


Ph.D. in History





Chen Nan was born in 1953. She is from Tongliao, Inner Mongolia and graduated from the History Department of Northeast Normal University, the History Department of the Minzu University of China and the Department of Philosophy of Renmin University of China, and received a bachelor, master, and doctor of philosophy in history in these institutions respectively. The government sent her abroad for one year to study abroad at the Department of Buddhism at the University of Delhi in India. She is currently a Professor and Doctoral Supervisor of the School of History and Culture of Minzu University of China. She is also a joint Doctoral Supervisor of Coventry University in the United Kingdom, a Director at the Dunhuang Turpan Society of China, an exceptional researcher at the Beijing Institute of Buddhist Culture, and a member of the Central Committee for Women and Children of the China Democracy Promotion Association.


Research Interests & Activity


She has long been engaged in the teaching and research of ancient Chinese history, national history, and Tibetan studies.


Key Projects


She is the Religious Editor-in-Chief for "Chinese Encyclopedia Knowledge Dictionary" and "Chinese Encyclopedia Overview" (Religious Editor-in-Chief) and an associate editor for "Buddhism and Chinese Traditional Culture." She has participated in "Selected Works of Chinese History" (a series of history textbooks for ethnic colleges), "Ancient Chinese Ethnography", "History of Chinese Civilization" (compiled by the modern ethnic part), "Tibet History and Culture" Compilation of works such as "Dictionary", "Chinese National History Outline", "Chinese National History Outline", "Introduction to Tibetan Studies", and published "A Tentative Study of the Tubo Body System", "A Research on the Development and Dissemination of Buddhism in the Tubo Period", "Tubo Research on the System of Official Officials, "Research on the Relationship between the Dharma King and the Ming Dynasty's Grants," "The Han Buddhism in the Tang Dynasty in Tubo," "The Fight between the Tang and the Tibetans in the Longyou Area of Hexi" and more. She has participated in many provincial and ministerial, school, and overseas scientific research projects. She has visited the University of Leeds, Oxford University, Bloomington University in the United States, and the University of West Los Angeles for academic exchanges.



  • "Historical Selected Works"

  • "Tibetan History"

  • "Chinese Minority Religions"

  • "Theories and Methods of Research on Chinese Ethnic History"

  • "History of Tibetan Buddhism"

  • "History of the Tubo"

  • "Basic Tibetan"

  • "History of Ancient Chinese Culture"

  • "Special Topics on Chinese Ethnic History"

  • "Collections on Tibetan History"

  • "Research on the Dharma King of the Ming Dynasty"

  • "New Research on Tibetan History"





Gao Cuilian (高翠莲), Han Ethnicity

Professor and Doctoral Supervisor

Ph.D. in History





Gao Cuilian is a Professor and Doctoral Supervisor at the MUC School of History and Culture. After graduating from the Department of History of Northeast Normal University in 1988, she immediately started working in the Department of History and culture of Minzu University of China. In 2005, she received a Ph.D. degree in History from Minzu University of China focused on topics encompassing the direction of the formation of the Chinese nation. In 2008, she was a visiting scholar at the State University of New York in Buffalo.



Research Interests & Activity



She is mainly engaged in the teaching and research of modern Chinese history, the history of contemporary Chinese ethnic relations, and the history of the formation of the Chinese nation.



Key Projects



She has presided over several provincial and ministerial research projects such as the "National Civil Affairs Commission Educational Reform ProjectCoordination of System, Characteristics and Innovation Relationship: Diversified Exploration of Teaching Objectives of Modern Chinese History", 2011 Central Committee Major bidding projects for basic scientific research fees for universities: "Stones from Other Mountains: Foreign Scholars' Research and Thinking on Frontier Ethnic Issues in the Qing Dynasty and the Republic of China", and the third phase of the 985 Project of the Minzu University of China titled "Research Trends on Foreign Chinese Border Ethnic Issues".



Representative Publications



Her main research publications include: "Research on the Conscious Process of the Chinese Nation in the Late Qing Dynasty and the Republic of China", "Translation and Introduction of the History of Chinese Frontier Ethnic Groups Abroad", "Wildfire Shenzhou-From Suffering Stagnation to the First Light of Dawn", "Double Stars of the Army and Horses", and "Sunset Lone Minister -Li Hongzhang" amongst others. She compiled the textbook "Modern History of China" (Central University for Nationalities Press 1997) (Associate Editor) and edited the tenth series of "Research on Ethnic History". Moreover, she participated in the writing of "Modern and Modern Chinese History". She also wrote "The Chinese National View of the Chinese Intellectuals during the Anti-Japanese War", "The Initial Form and Steps of Modern Chinese National Consciousness", "Nationalist Theory and the Consciousness of the Chinese Nation", "The Interaction of Sun Yat-sen's Nationalism and the Consciousness of the Chinese Nation", "The Cultural Consciousness of the Chinese Nation in the Early Years of the Republic of China", "A Discussion on the Political Consciousness and Cultural Consciousness of the Chinese Nation in the Late Qing Dynasty", "The Reasons for the Tortuous Process of the Chinese Nation's Consciousness in the Early Years of the Republic of China." She published more than 40 short essays and translations such as "Several Issues on the Formation and Development of the Free Entity of the Chinese Nation" and "Siliang Governor of Sichuan's Policy on Tibet," amongst others.







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