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Lu Simian
Born 27 February 1884(1884-02-27)
Wujin, Jiangsu, China
Died 9 October 1957 (aged 73)
Shanghai, China
Occupation Historian, Professor of History
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Lu.

Lu Simian (Chinese: 呂思勉pinyin: Lǚ Sīmiǎn) (born February 27, 1884 - died October 9, 1957) was a prominent Chinese historian as well as a former professor and history department head at Shanghai Guanghua University, now East China Normal University. He also worked as a professor at Fudan University. Lu took the courtesy name Chéng Zhī (诚之) and wrote under the pseudonym Nú Niú (驽牛). Along with Qian Mu, Chen Yuan and Chen Yinke, he is considered one of the four great historians of China.

In 1926 Lu was invited to teach at Guanghua University by his friend and the school's headmaster Qian Jibo. Lu remained at the school until his death.

Lu was born in the city of Wujin, now the Wujin district in the city of Changzhou in China's Jiangsu province. At the age of 15 he entered the county school. In the second year he began teaching himself history. He was later to become a member of the Doubting Antiquity School (Chinese: 疑古派; pinyin: Yígǔpài) which was a group of scholars and writers who showed doubts regarding the authenticity of pre-Qin texts.

His home remains a protected property and minor tourist site in the city of Changzhou offering numerous artifacts from his life arranged in the restored building[1]. The house is at #8 Shi Zi Street (Chinese: 十子街10号), a small alley a few blocks North-East of the Nan Da Jie shopping center. Admission is free however visitors are asked to sign a guestbook.

Notable Publications

  • Early Qin History (1923)
  • Song Dynasty Literature (1931)
  • An Introduction to Early Qin Science (1933)
  • A History of Chinese Ethnic Minorities (1934)
  • A History of the Three Kingdoms (1943)
  • Northern and Southern Jin History (1948)
  • A History of the Chinese Political System (1985)


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  • 常州年鉴2005 [2]
  • 常州吕思勉故居旅游 [3]


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