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Li Xueqin, 85, Leading Historian on Ancient China

Mar 04, 2019 - The New York Times

BEIJING -- Li Xueqin, whose political savvy and intellectual brilliance helped shift the field of Chinese history toward emphasizing the wonders of the country's past, a traditionalist approach in line with the Communist government's efforts to identify itself with ancient China, died on Feb. 24 in Beijing. He was 85.

His death was confirmed by a government obituary. The official newspaper Guangming Daily paid tribute to him in an article headlined, ''A Lifelong Pursuit of History; He Also...