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Dr Michael Loewe

Dr Michael Loewe

Emeritus Lecturer in Chinese Studies


Michael Loewe, Ph.D. (1963), University Lecturer in Chinese Studies, Cambridge 1963 -1990, has concentrated on the history of China’s early empires (221 BCE – 220 CE), taking account of both literary and material evidence, and believing that dynastic developments cannot be separated from religious and intellectual changes.  A study of records of administration showed how official documents were compiled and how the officials of Han government performed their duties.  Recently found literary texts and profuse archaeological discoveries have raised questions of the authenticity of our received versions; others have enriched our knowledge of the beliefs and ideas of Han China, illustrated as these are by the icons and symbolism on objects found in tombs.  Loewe has worked on the forms and practice of imperial government, and subjects such as the ideas of immortality, methods of divination and force of mythology.  His recent work is being addressed to re-assessing the contributions of certain figures to the growth of China’s cultural heritage.      

Date of birth:   2 November 1922

Education:       1936-41 Perse School, Cambridge (Foundation scholar)

                      1941 Magdalen College, Oxford (Demy: i.e. undergraduate scholar) (residence interrupted by attendance at the                                first course in Japanese language, followed by war service 1942-5)

 Degrees:        1951 BA London: First Class Honours in Classical Chinese (external student)

                      1963 PhD London; title of dissertation 'The Han Documents from Chü-yen'

                      1963 MA University of Cambridge

                      2012 Doctor of letters, honoris causa, University of East Anglia

 Appointments:  1942-56 Specialist officer in Government Communications Headquarters

                        1956-63 Lecturer in the History of the Far East, University of London

                        1963-90 University Lecturer in Chinese Studies, University of Cambridge

                        1976      Visiting Professor, University of Stockholm

                        1990      Visiting Professor, Harvard University

                        1991      Visiting Professor, University of Chicago

                        1990-2   Deputy Director, Needham Research Institute, Cambridge

                        2014    Visiting professor University of California, Berkeley, October to November.

Fellowships:      1968-90 Official Fellow, Clare Hall, Cambridge

                        1972-     Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, London

                        1988-     Corresponding Fellow, Istituto Studii Medio e Estremo Oriente, Rome

                        2002-   Foreign Honorary Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences

                        2010    Distinguished Adjuct Researcher, Renmin University, Beijing                               

 Director of Studies (Oriental Studies):

                        1969-90 Queens' College Cambridge

                        1972-90 Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge

                        1972-90 Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge

                        1981-90 Wolfson College, Cambridge

 College membership

                        St. John’s College, Cambridge (since 2009)

                        Peterhouse, Cambridge (since 2009)

Teaching experience:

(1)  Public lectures to the following learned societies: The Society of Antiquaries, London; The British Association of Chinese Studies; The China Society of London; The European Association of Chinese Studies; The Folklore Society of London; the Royal Asiatic Society.

(2)  Postgraduate teaching: courses in Chinese bibliography, and advanced criticism of and reading in historical texts; supervision of candidates for higher degrees.

(3)  Undergraduate teaching; traditional language and texts at all levels, starting with beginners in Chinese Studies; supervision (i.e. person to person teaching) at all levels; readings in Kambun; survey courses in the history of China up to 1840; specialised courses in the history of early imperial China; archaeology of the early imperial periods; essay classes and seminars.

Visits to East Asia:

China:  1947: Posted for language training as Vice-Consul, British Consulate, Peiping                   

            1974: Leader of the delegation of British sinologists to PRC

            1986, 1988: Exchange scholar, accredited to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

            2001; 2009; 2010; 2012; 2013           

Taiwan: 1961, 1970, 1980, 1992, 1993, 1994: visits to Academia Sinica, Taipei, National Taiwan University and other                            institutions

Japan:   1960-61 Guest scholar, accredited to the Jimbun kagaku kenkyûjo, Kyoto

             1970:  Guest scholar, accredited to Kansai Daigaku

             1979:  Guest scholar, invited by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (Gakujutsu shinkôkai)

             1986   Visitor to institutes in Kyoto and Osaka

             1992; 1994

Some Media and Web Resources:

Lecture at the Collège de France (2011) "Values and Confucian Practices in Han China"

Interview at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures ("Dr Michael Loewe in remembrance of Carmen Blacker")

Talk at the Royal Asiatic Society (2016) "Problems of Han Administration" (book launch event)

Research Interests

The Han Dynasty

Key Publications



Imperial China: the Historical Background to the Modern Age; London: George Allen and Unwin, 1966

Records of Han Administration; volume I Historical Assessment; volume II, Documents; Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1967; reprinted London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2002; Chinese translation 2005.

Everyday Life in Early Imperial China during the Han Period; London: B.T. Batsford, 1968; reprinted New York, Dorset Press, 1988; Hackett Publishing   Company, Mass. 2005

Crisis and Conflict in Han China; London: George Allen and Unwin, 1974; reprinted Routledge, London, 2005

Ways to Paradise: the Chinese Quest for Immortality; London: George Allen and Unwin, 1979; reprinted Taipei: SMC, 1994

Chinese Ideas of Life and Death: Faith, Myth and Reason in the Han Period; London; George Allen and Unwin, 1982; reprinted Taipei: SMC, 1994; Hackett Publishing Company, Mass. 2005 (as Faith, Myth and Reason in the Han China); Chinese translation 1991; Korean translation 1992

The Pride that was China; London: Sidgwick and Jackson, 1990

Divination, Mythology and Monarchy in Han China; Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994

A Biographical Dictionary of the Qin, Former Han and Xin Dynasties; Leiden: E.J. Brill 2000

The Men who Governed Han China; Leiden: E.J. Brill 2004

The Government of the Qin and Han Empires 221 BCE-220 CE; Indianapolis/Cambridge: Hackett Publishing Company Inc., 2006

Dong Zhongshu, a ‘Confucian’ heritage and the Chunqiu fanlu; Leiden, Boston: Brill, 2011

Bing: From Farmer’s Son to Magistrate in Han China 70 BCE; Indianapolis/Cambridge: Hackett Publishing Company Inc., 2011 [a fan's review on Youtube]

Problems of Han Administration Ancestral rites, weights and measures and the means of protest; Leiden, Boston: Brill, 2016


In preparation:

The practice of imperial rule in Rome and Han China


As editor, or co-editor, and contributor:


Ancient Cosmologies; London: George Allen and Unwin, 1975

Divination and Oracles; London: George Allen and Unwin, 1981

The Cambridge History of China: volume I;  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986; Chinese translations: Beijing: Zhongguo shehui kexue yuan 1992; Taipei: Nan-t'ien shu-chü, 1996

Early Chinese Texts: a Bibliographical Guide;  Berkeley: the Society for the Study of Early China and the Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, 1993; Chinese translation: Shenyang: Liaoning Jiaoyu chubanshe, 1997

The Cambridge History of Ancient China; Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1999

China’s Early Empires A Re-appraisal (A supplementary volume to the The Cambridge History of China: volume I); Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010



[Abbreviations used:  AM           Asia Major

                                BMFEA     Bulletin of the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities

                                BSOAS     Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies

                                JRAS        Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society

                                MAS         Modern Asian Studies

                                TP            T'oung Pao

Some Notes on Han-time Documents from Chü-yen; TP 47 (1959), 294-322

The Orders of Aristocratic Rank of Han China; TP 48 (1960), 97-174

The Measurement of Grain during the Han Period; TP 49 (1961), 64-95

Military Operations in the Han Period;China Society Occasional papers No. 12, China Society of London, 1961

Some Notes on Han-time documents from Tun-huang; TP 50 (1963), 150-89

Some Recent Editions of the Ch'ien Han shu; AM (second series)10 (1963), 162-72

Some Military Despatches of the Han Period; TP 51 (1964), 335-54; Chinese translation in Jiandu yanjiu yicong I (Beijing: Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, 1981), 245-61

The Wooden and Bamboo Strips found at Mo-chü-tzu; JRAS (1965), 13-26

Chinese Relations with Central Asia 260-290; BSOAS 32 (1969), 91-103

Records of Han Administration: Supplementary Notes; TP 56 (1970), 225-8

Spices and Silk: Aspects of World Trade in the First Seven Centuries of the Christian Era; JRAS (1971), 166-79

Wooden Documents; Chapter IV in Leslie, Mackerras and Wang, eds., Essays on the Sources for Chinese History; Canberra: Australian National University, 1973

The Campaigns of Han Wu ti; in Kierman and Fairbank, eds., Chinese Ways in Warfare; Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1974, pp. 67-118  

Archaeology in the New China; The China Quarterly 65 (1976), 1-14

Manuscripts Found Recently in China: a Preliminary Survey; TP 63 (1977), 99-136

Decline and Fall in East and West; Archives Europeénes de Sociologie 19 (1978), 168-81

Man and Beast: The Hybrid in early Chinese art and literature; Numen 25:2 (1978), 97-117

Wooden documents from China and Japan: Recent Finds and their Value; MAS 14 (1980), 159-62

The Manuscripts from Tomb no. 3 Ma-wang-tui; Proceedings of the International Conference on Sinology, section on History and Archaeology; Taipei: Academia Sinica, 1981, 181-98

The Term K’an-yü  and the Choice of the Moment; Early China 9-10 1983-1985), 204-17

The Royal Tombs of Chung-shan; Arts Asiatiques 40 (1985), 130-4

Attempts at Economic Co-ordination during the Western Han Dynasty; in Stuart R. Schram, ed., The Scope of State Power in China, London: SOAS, and Hong Kong: Chinese University Press, 1985

Han Administrative Documents: Recent Finds from the North-west; TP 72 (1986), 291-314

The Origins and Development of Chinese Encyclopaedias; The China Society of London, 1987

Imperial China's Reactions to the Catholic Missions; Numen 35:2 (1987/8), 179-212

The Jewish Presence in Imperial China; Transactions of the Jewish Historical Society of England, volume XXX, 1987-88, 1-20

The Study of Han Wooden Documents: Recent Developments; TP 79 (1993), 154-59

Wang Mang and his Forbears; the Making of the Myth; TP 80: 4-5 (1994), 197-222

China's Sense of Unity as seen in the Early Empires; TP 80 (1994), 6-26    

Changes in Qin and Han China: the Religious and Intellectual Background; Studies in Chinese History 4 (1994), 7-45

Early Chinese Emperors and their Functions; Moscow: Journal of Ancient History, 1994

The History of Early Imperial China; the Western Contribution; in Europe Studies China; London: Han Shan Tang,1995, 245-63

The Cycle of Cathay: Concepts of Time in Han China and their Problems; in Chun-chieh Huang and Erik Zürcher (eds.) Time and Space in Chinese Culture; Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1995, 305-28

Recent Archaeological Discoveries and the History of the Ch'in and Han Periods; in The Integrative Studies of Chinese Archaeology and History; Taipei: Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica, 1997

The Physician Chunyu Yi and his Historical Background; in En suivant la voie royale; Paris: École Française d'Extrême Orient, 1997

Wooden Administrative Documents of the Han Period, in Edward L. Shaughnessy (ed.), New Sources of Early Chinese History: An Introduction to the Reading of Inscriptions and Manuscripts; Berkeley: the Society for the Study of Early China and the Institute  of East Asian Studies, University of California, 1997

The Imperial Way of Death in Han China; in Joseph P. McDermott (ed.), State and Court Ritual in China, 1999

State Funerals of the Han Empire; BMFEA 71 (1999), 5— 72 [published in 2001]

He Bo Count of the River, Feng Yi and Li Bing; in A Birthday Book for Brother Stone; for David Hawkes at Eighty (ed. Rachel May and John Minford), Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press, 2003, pp. 197-206

Dated Inscriptions on certain mirrors (AD 6 to 105): genuine or fabricated ?; English version in Early China 26-27 (2001- 2002), pp.233-56. Chinese version in Beijing Bowuguan jikan 2002.6. pp. 25-37

Guangzhou: the Evidence of the Standard Histories from the Shiji to the Chen shu: a Preliminary Survey; in Shing Müller, Thomas O. Höllmann, Putao Gui (eds.), Guangdong: Archaeology and Early Texts / Archäologie und frühe Texte (Zhou-            Tang), pp. 51-80; Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2004

Funerary Practice in Han Times; in Cary Y. Liu, Michael Nylan and Anthony Barbieri-Low, Recarving China’s Past: Art, Archaeology, and Architecture of the “Wu Family Shrines”, pp. 99-118; Princeton University Art Museum, 2005.

On the terms Bao zi, Yin gong, Yin guan, Huan, and Shou: was Zhao Gao a eunuch ? TP 91 (2005), 301-19

The First Emperor and the Qin Empire; in Jane Portal, ed., The First Emperor: China’s Terracotta Army; London: The British Museum Press, 2007.

Ideals, Practices, and Problems of Han China; in Cary Y. Liu et al. Rethinking Recarving: Ideals, Practices, and Problems of the “Wu  family shrines” and Han China. Princeton University Art Museum, 2008, pp. 52-75.

The organs of Han imperial government: zhongdu guan, duguan, xianguan and xian-dao guan (BSOAS 71:3, 2008), 509-528.

The Western Han Army: Organization, Leadership and Operation; in Nicola Di Cosmo (ed.), Military Culture in Imperial China.  Cambridge, Massachusetts and London, England: Harvard University Press, 2009.

Dong Zhongshu as a consultant (AM XXII: Part I (2009), dedicated to the memory of D.C. Twitchett), 163-82.

Knowledge of Other Cultures in China’s Early Empires; in Kurt A Raaflaub and   Richard J.A. Talbert, Geography and Ethnography: Perceptions of the World in Pre-Modern Societies. Chichester: Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 2010. 74-88.

董仲舒與 "儒學"; 世界漢學 (World Sinology) 2010 Spring; Beijing: Zhongguo renmin daxue chubanshe, pp. 42-9

China’s Early Empires: the Authority and the Means of Government (in The Roman Empire in Context: Historical and Comparative Perspectives (edited by Johann P. Arnason and Kurt A. Raaflaub) 2011

中國先秦和秦漢時期的宗教信仰與實踐; 世界漢學 (World Sinology) 7 2011; Beijing: Zhongguo renmin daxue chubanshe, pp. 103-9

Ritual and the need for tolerance, in English, with Chinese text as Yishi yu kuanrong de xuyao 儀式與寬容的需要; Di san jie shijie ruxue dahui xueshu lunwenji 第三屆  世界儒學大會學術論文集 (Beijing: Wenhua yishu chubanshe, 2011), pp. 17-27

秦漢時期的“ 法律”觀念 Shijie Han xue 世界漢學 (World Sinology) 8 2011; Beijing: Zhongguo renmin daxue chubanshe, pp. 45-53 

‘“Confucian” values and practices in Han China’. TP 98 (2012), pp. 1-30

“The Han Empire in Chinese History and Culture”; “The Kingdom of Chu in the Warring States and Han Periods”; and “The Kingdom of Nanyue”, in The Search for Immortality: Tomb Treasures of Han China, ed. James C.S.Lin (New Haven and         London:Yale University Press, 2012), pp. 13-22.

Han Yuandi, reigned 48 to 33 B.C.E., and his advisors.  Early China; 2012-2013, pp. 361-393 Chinese translation in Shijie Han xue (World Sinology) 13 2014, pp. 33-50

Liu Xin: creator and critic. Baptist University of Hong Kong: Bulletin of the Jao Tsung-I Academy of Sinology, 2014 , 297-323

(a) ‘Chengdi’s reign, Problems and Controversies’; (b) ‘The tombs built for Chengdi and Migrations of the Population’; (c) ‘Liu Xiang and Liu Xin’.  In Michael Nylan and Griet Vankerberghen (eds.), Chang’an 26 BCE an Augustan Age in China. Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 2015, pp. 201-17, 221-38, 369-89

‘A Westerner’s approach to the history of China’; Chinese translation, by Zhang Li 張 莉, as ‘Xifang xuezhe yanjiu Zhongguo shi de fangfa’西方學者研究中國史帝的方法. Journal of Shaanxi Normal University (Philosopy and Sciencs Edition) 44 no 3 (2015), pp. 65-74.

‘Ban Gu, copyist, creator and critic’.  BSOAS (CJO 2015 doi:10.1017/S0041977X14001104) pp. 1-23 (also in Chinese translation)

Beliefs in the hereafter and the attention paid to the dead

The Presidency of Anthony Low



Displaced persons and the so-called “mausoleum towns”; in Über den Alltag hinaus: Festschrift für Thomas A. Höllmann zum 65 Geburtsdag.  Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2018

Afterword  In Geoffrey Lloyd festschrift

The Administrative Documents from Yinwan: A Summary of certain Issues Raised

Land tenure and the decline of imperial government in Eastern Han

Settlements at the tombs of Western Han emperors


Review Articles:


Wang Zhongshu, Han Civilization; TP  79: 4-5 (1983), 328-40 

Didactic Art in Han China (Wu Hung, The Wu Liang Shrine); JRAS (Third series) 1:1 (April 1991), 93-103

Huang Lao Thought and the Huainanzi (John Major, Heaven and Earth in Early Han Thought);  JRAS (Third Series), 4:3 (November 1994) 377-95

Let the Present Serve the Past (Li Zhisui, The Private Life of Chairman Mao); MAS  31,1 (1997), 209-23

William H. Nienhauser et al., The Grand Scribe's Records, vols. I and VII; TP 84 (1998), 153-67           

Grant Hardy, Worlds of Bamboo and Bronze; TP 88 (2001), 221— 30

The cosmological context of sovereignty in Han times;Wang Aihe, Cosmology and Political Culture in Early China; BSOAS, 65, 2 (2002), 342-9

Mark Edward Lewis,  The Early Chinese Empires Qin and Han and Chang Chun-shu, The Rise of the Chinese Empire  Early China 31 (2007), 193-225 [published 2010]

Yuan Xingpei et al. (eds.),The History of Chinese Civilisation. The Times Literary Supplement …

Yuri Pines, The Everlasting Empire: The Political Culture of Ancient China and Its Imperial Legacy. Journal of Chinese Studies 59 (July 2014), 330-37

‘Officials of Western Han and Their Background’: Liang Cai: Witchcraft and the rise of the First Confucian Empire. Archiv Orientální  82 (2014)

春秋繁露 Luxuriant Gems of the Spring and Autumn – attributed to Dong Zhongshu. Edited and translated by Sarah A. Queen & John Major.  Journal of Chinese Studies Number 64, January 2017, pp.321-9


Invitations to lecture at international conferences, symposia and workshops:


1969    Conference on Chinese military history, Harvard University

1973    Symposium for the Chinese Exhibition, Stockholm

1975    Conference on 'The state: ideology and justice', Leiden

1977    Conference on the 'Cultural Revolution: intellectual aspects'; York University, Toronto

1979    Lecturer at Kansai Daigaku and the Institute of Archaeological Research, Saidaiji, Nara

1979    Workshop on the manuscripts from Ma-wang-dui, University of California, Berkeley

1979    Guest lecturer, University of Leiden

1980    Guest lecturer, University of South California, Los Angeles

1980    International conference on sinology, Taipei

1980   Symposium on 'China's Past Unearthed', Joint Center for East Asian Studies, San Francisco

1981   Third International Conference of the International Council for the Future of the Universities, under the title 'The Pursuit           of Truth', Lisbon

1981    Second Conference (sponsored by the European Association of Chinese Studies) on 'The State in China: Concepts and              Realities' (Ulm).

1983    Third Conference (EACS sponsored) on 'The State in China: Concepts and Realities' (Bellagio).

1983    Workshop on 'Divination in China', Berkeley (sponsored by the American Council of Learned Societies)

1984    Guest lecturer at the invitation of the Academy of Sciences, USSR, at the Institute of Far Eastern Studies, the Institute of Oriental Studies, the Institute of Ethnography, Moscow, and the Institute of Oriental Studies, Leningrad

1985    Lecturer at the conference La civilta Cinese (sponsored by the Fondazione Cini), Venice

1986    Lectures and seminars at universities and institutes of archaeology in Beijing, Lanzhou and Chengdu

1986    Guest lecturer, Kansai University, Japan

1986    Guest lecturer, Istituto Universitario Orientale, Naples

1987    Sammy Yu-kuan lecturer, University of California, Los Angeles

1987    Guest lecturer, University of Washington, Seattle

1987    Symposium for academic co-operation betwen US and European sinologists, Paris

1988    Seminar at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing

1989    Conference on 'Inheritance and Creation', University of Hong Kong

1990    Guest lecturer, University of Bonn

1990    Guest lecturer, Scandinavian Summer Course on 'Research Material in pre- modern Chinese history' (Oslo)

1990    Guest lecturer, Dartmouth College, and the Universities of Pennsylvania, Yale, Michigan, Princeton and Brown                          University, Providence

1991    Guest lecturer, Collège de France, Paris

1992    Conference on the History of European Sinology, Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, Taipei; guest lecturer, Tsing-hua                      University, Taiwan

1992    International symposium on the study of Han documents, Kansai University

1993    Conference on the concepts of time and space in Chinese culture, Taipei: Taiwan National University

1993    Guest lecturer, Sinologisch Instituut, Leiden

1994    International symposium on the integration of Chinese archaeology and history, Academia Sinica, Nankang, Taipei

1995    Panel held in my honour at the Association of Asian Studies, Washington

1995    Guest lecturer, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona

1995    International conference on Chinese rituals, Paris

1996    Workshop on the Shiji, Harvard University

1997    Herrlee Creel Lecturer, University of Chicago

1997    Conference on the Xici zhuan, University of Chicago

1998    Guest Lecturer, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

1999    Guest Lecturer, Museum für Kunsthandwerk, Frankfurt am Main

2001    Guest Lecturer, Haus Ekô, Düsseldorf

2001    Invited participant, Anniversary meeting to celebrate the discovery of silk and wooden manuscripts, held in Changsha              by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the Municipal government, Changsha

2001    Invited participant to the conference entitled 'De l'image à l'action', held in Paris by the European and North American              Exchanges in East Asian Studies

2003    Invited participant to the conference on Guangdong, Munich

2003    Invited participant to the inauguration of the publication of Huainanzi, by Charles Le Blanc and Rémi Mathieu, Paris

2003    Guest Lecturer at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Princeton, and the Departments of East Asian Languages and                    Civilization, Harvard and Chicago

2004    Discussant at the symposium on ‘The Family’, Princeton, 2004

2005    Discussant at the conference on ‘Life and Death in Ancient China and Egypt’, University of Pennsylvania Museum of                  Archaeology and Anthropology

2005    Keynote speaker, Recarving China’s Past: Art, Archaeology, and Architecture of the “Wu Family Shrines”; Princeton                  University Art Museum

2005    Guest Lecturer, Department of the History of Art, Brown University

2006    Participant, lecturer at a conference entitled Geography, Ethnography and Perspectives of the World in Ancient                        Civilizations; Brown University

2008    Invited lecturer at a conference ‘Sports, Medicine and Immortality’,  Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine.

2009    Keynote speaker, Sinology and Cross-cultural Communication, Renmin Daxue, Beijing; and at the opening ceremony of            the Advanced Institute for Religious Studies, Renmin Daxue, Beijing.

2010    Guest lecturer The First Nishan Forum on World Civilization, Nishan, Shandong.

2010    Keynote speaker The third session of the world Confucian Conference, Qufu, Shandong.

2010    Guest lecturer, Renmin Daxue, Beijing.

2011    Guest lecturer, Ludwig Maximilian Universität, München

2011    Guest lecturer, Collège de France, Paris

2011    Keynote speaker Chang’an 26 BCE, from Drains to Dreams, University of California, Berkeley.

2012    Guest lecturer, SAW Project ‘Mathematical sciences in the ancient world, Paris.

2012    Guest lecturer, Charles University, Prague.

2012   Participant, at conference entitled ‘Ban Gu and his Han shu’, Center for Advanced Studies, Ludwig Maximilian                           Universität, München.

2012    Visiting Fellow, Center for Advanced Studies, Ludwig Maximilian Universität,München.

2012    Guest lecturer, The Baptist University Hong Kong, Beijing Daxue and Renmin Daxue Beijing.

2013    Guest lecturer, SAW Project ‘Mathematical sciences in the ancient world’, Paris.

2013    Guest lecturer, Shaanxi sheng Shifan daxue ‘A westerner’s attitude to the history of China’.

2013    Fritz Mote Memorial lecturer, Princeton University; Guest lecturer, Institute of Advanced Studies, Princeton.


Administrative experience and appointments:


(1)  University of Cambridge: member, Faculty Board of Oriental Studies 1965-89; Secretary 1966-8; Chairman 1971-3;                  member, Faculty of Divinity 1972-90; Faculty of Archaeology and Anthropology 1974-90

       Clare Hall, Cambridge: Vice-President 1989-90; Chairman, Fellowship Committee 1969-70, 1979-80, 1987-9; Emeritus            Fellow 1990.

(2)   Member of Editorial Board JRAS 1965-7, 1979-82; AM 1973-4, 1983-; Early China 1984-91

(3)  European Association of Chinese Studies; Board Member 1980-6, 1990-4; Vice-President 1982-4; President 1984-6

       Universities' China Committee of London; member Executive Council variously and 1978-82, 1986-9; Chairman Experts            Committee 1979-81, 1987-9

       Royal Asiatic Society; Member of Council 1963-6, 1973-6. 1979-81

       Folklore Society of London; member of committee 1974-7

       Spalding Trust; trustee, 1982-2014

       China Society of London; President 1987-98


The covers of some of Dr Michael Loewe's books (including those he edited and contributed to):

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Image result for Ways to Paradise: the Chinese Quest for Immortality

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Image result for The Pride that was China

Image result for Divination, Mythology and Monarchy in Han China

Image result for A Biographical Dictionary of the Qin, Former Han and Xin Dynasties

Image result for The Men who Governed Han China

Image result for The Government of the Qin and Han Empires 221 BCE-220 CE

Image result for Dong Zhongshu, a ‘Confucian’ heritage and the Chunqiu fanlu

Image result for Bing From Farmer’s Son to Magistrate in Han China 70 BCE

Image result for Problems of Han Administration Ancestral rites, weights and measures and the means of protest

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