He researched history, and made it too
In 2016 I published a long article in The New York Review of Books on a team at Tsinghua University that had made revolutionary discovery about ancient Chinese texts.
The lead historian of that team--and probably the most influential of the past half century--was Li Xueqin. This past week he died in Beijing and in this obituary for The New York Times I look back briefly on his life, and how the Communist Party has come to embrace history as a form of legitimacy.
(Note: for those who don't subscribe to the NYRB, the 2016 article is avaiable here, via the ChinaFile website.)