The Emergence of China

From Confucius to the Empire
Author: E. Bruce Brooks,A. Taeko Brooks
Publisher: Warring States Project
ISBN: 193616695X
Category: History
Page: 256
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The Emergence of China presents the classical period in its own terms. It contains more than 500 translated excerpts from the classical texts, linked by a running commentary which traces the evolution and interaction of the different schools of thought. These are shown in dialogue about issues from tax policy to the length of the mourning period for a parent. Some texts labor to establish the legal and political structures of the new state, while others passionately oppose its war orientation, or amusingly ridicule those who supported it. Here are the arguments of the Hundred Schools of classical thought, for the first time restored to life and vividly presented. There are six topical chapters, each treating a major subject in chronological order, framed by a preliminary background chapter and a concluding survey of the eventual Empire. Each chapter includes several brief Methodological Moments, as samples of the philological method on which the work is based. Occasional footnotes point to historical parallels in Greece, Rome, the Ancient Near East, and the mediaeval-to-modern transition in Europe, which at many points the Chinese classical period resembles. At the back of the book are a guide to alternate Chinese romanizations, a list of passages translated, and a subject index. A preliminary version of The Emergence of China was classroom-tested, and the suggestions of teachers and students were incorporated into the final version. The results of those classroom trials, in both history and philosophy classes, were favorable. This is the only account of early Chinese thought which presents it against the background of the momentous changes taking place in the early Chinese state, and the only account of the early Chinese state which follows its development, by correctly dated documents, from its beginnings in the palace states of Spring and Autumn to the economically sophisticated bureaucracies of late Warring States times. In this larger context, the insights of the philosophers remain, but their failure to influence events is also noted. The fun of the Jwangdz is transmitted, but along with its underlying pain. The achievements of the Chinese Imperial formation process are duly registered, but so is their human cost. Special attention is given to the contribution of non-Chinese peoples to the eventual Chinese civilization.

The Troubled Empire


Author: Timothy Brook
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674056205
Category: History
Page: 335
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This volume explores the history of China between the Mongol reunification of China in 1279 under the Yuan dynasty and the Manchu invasion four centuries later, explaining how climate changes profoundly affected the empire during this period. The Mongol takeover in the 1270s changed the course of Chinese history. The Confucian empire, a millennium and a half in the making, was suddenly thrust under foreign occupation. What China had been before its reunification as the Yuan dynasty in 1279 was no longer what it would be in the future. Four centuries later, another wave of steppe invaders would replace the Ming dynasty with yet another foreign occupation.

The World of Thought in Ancient China


Author: Benjamin Isadore Schwartz
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674961913
Category: History
Page: 490
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Examines the development of the philosophy, culture, and civilization of ancient China and discusses the history of Taoism and Confucianism

The Cambridge History of Ancient China

From the Origins of Civilization to 221 BC
Author: Michael Loewe,Edward L. Shaughnessy
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521470308
Category: History
Page: 1148
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A survey of the cultural history of pre-Imperial China. Historians and archaeologists cover the Shang, Western Zhou, Spring and Autumn, Warring States, Neolithic background, language, intellectual history, relations with central Asia, and the debts of the Qin and Han empires to these periods. There are chapters on institutional history, based on both traditional and palaeographic literature, and on material culture.

A Short History of China


Author: Gordon Kerr
Publisher: Oldcastle Books
ISBN: 1842439693
Category: History
Page: 160
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The turbulent and chequered past of the world's most populous country is one of the most fascinating in world history, and relatively little known in the West. From the beginnings of Chinese prehistory right through to internet censorship with the 'Great Firewall of China', Gordon Kerr offers a comprehensive introduction to the sprawling history of this enormous country. A Short History of China provides an absorbing introduction to more than 4,000 years of Chinese history, telling the stories of the tyrants, despots, femmes fatales, artists, warriors and philosophers who have shaped this fascinating and complex nation. It describes the amazing technological advances that her scientists and inventors made many hundreds of years before similar discoveries in Europe. It also investigates the Chinese view of the world and examines the movements, aspirations and philosophies that moulded it and, in so doing, created the Chinese nation. Finally, the book examines the dramatic changes of the last few decades and the emergence of China as an economic and industrial 21st century superpower, making Napoleon Bonaparte's words about her ring true: “Let China sleep, for when she awakes, she will shake the world.”

The Book of Songs


Author: The Arthur Waley Estate,Arthur Waley
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135651477
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 360
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First published in 1937. The Book of Songs is a collection of ancient Chinese songs, dating from 800 to 600 B.C. Until this was published in 1937 it had not been translated into English since the middle of nineteenth century, when sinology was still in its infancy. For the first time the original meaning of 290 out of the 305 songs is given, use being made of the advances in the study of old Chinese. The result is not merely a clear picture of early Chinese life, but also the restoration to its proper place in world literature of one of the finest collection of traditional songs.

The Early Chinese Empires

Qin and Han
Author: Mark Edward LEWIS
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674040147
Category: History
Page: 333
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In 221 B.C. the First Emperor of Qin unified what would become the heart of a Chinese empire whose major features would endure for two millennia. In the first of a six-volume series on the history of imperial China, Lewis highlights the key challenges facing the court officials and scholars who set about governing an empire of such scale and diversity.

Edinburgh Companion to the History of Democracy


Author: Benjamin Isakhan
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 0748653686
Category: History
Page: 384
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Re-examines the long and complex history of democracy and broadens the traditional view of this history by complementing it with examples from unexplored or under-examined quarters.

The Cambridge History of China: Volume 1, The Ch'in and Han Empires, 221 BC-AD 220


Author: Denis Twitchett,John King Fairbank,Michael Loewe
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521243278
Category: History
Page: 981
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International scholars and sinologists discuss culture, economic growth, social change, political processes, and foreign influences in China since the earliest pre-dynastic period

An Introduction to Chinese History and Culture


Author: Qizhi Zhang
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3662464829
Category: Social Science
Page: 467
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This book breaks with convention and provides an overview of Chinese history in the form of special topics. These topics include the major issues of “A Scientific Approach to the Origins of Chinese Civilization,” “Ancient Chinese Society and the Change of Dynasties,” “The Golden Ages of the Han, Tang and Qing Dynasties: a Comparative Analysis,” “Transportation Systems and Cultural Communication in Ancient China,” “Ethnic Relations in Chinese History,” “The Systems of Politics, Law and Selecting Officials in Ancient China,” “Agriculture, Handicraft and Commerce in Ancient China,” “The Military Thought and Military Systems of Ancient China,” “The Rich and Colorful Social Life in Ancient China,” “The Evolution of Ancient Chinese Thought,” “The Treasure House of Ancient Chinese Literature and Art,” “The Emergence and Progress of Ancient Chinese Historiography,” “Reflection on Ancient Chinese Science and Technology,” “New Issues in the Modern History of China,” and “A General Progression to the Socialist Modernization of the People’s Republic of China.” The book is based on current literature and research by university students. The modern history section is relatively concise, while the topics related to ancient Chinese history are longer, reflecting the country’s rich history and corresponding wealth of materials. There is also an in-depth discussion on the socialist modernization of the People’s Republic of China. The book provides insights into Chinese history, allowing readers “to see the value of civilization through history; to see the preciseness of history through civilization.” It focuses on the social background, lifestyle and development processes to illustrate ideologies and ideas.

China from Empire to Nation-State


Author: Wang Hui
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674966961
Category: History
Page: 195
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This translation of the introduction to Wang Hui’s Rise of Modern Chinese Thought (2004) makes part of his four-volume masterwork available to English readers for the first time. A leading public intellectual in China, Wang charts the historical currents that have shaped Chinese modernity from the Song Dynasty to the present day.

China's Cosmopolitan Empire

The Tang Dynasty
Author: Mark Edward Lewis
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674054199
Category: History
Page: 368
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The Tang dynasty is often called China’s “golden age,” a period of commercial, religious, and cultural connections from Korea and Japan to the Persian Gulf, and a time of unsurpassed literary creativity. Mark Lewis captures a dynamic era in which the empire reached its greatest geographical extent under Chinese rule, painting and ceramic arts flourished, women played a major role both as rulers and in the economy, and China produced its finest lyric poets in Wang Wei, Li Bo, and Du Fu.

Finding God in Ancient China


Author: Chan Kei Thong,Charlene L. Fu
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 0310292387
Category: History
Page: 327
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Subtitle on cover: How the ancient Chinese worshiped the God of the Bible.

Science and Civilisation in China: Volume 2, History of Scientific Thought


Author: Joseph Needham
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521058001
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 697
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The second volume of Dr Joseph Needham's great work Science and Civilisation in China is devoted to the history of scientific thought. Beginning with ancient times, it describes the Confucian milieu in which arose the organic naturalism of the great Taoist school, the scientific philosophy of the Mohists and Logicians, and the quantitative materialism of the Legalists. Thus we are brought on to the fundamental ideas which dominated scientific thinking in the Chinese middle ages. The author opens his discussion by considering the remote and pictographic origins of words fundamental in scientific discourse, and then sets forth the influential doctrines of the Two Forces and the Five Elements. Subsequently he writes of the important sceptical tradition, the effects of Buddhist thought, and the Neo-Confucian climax of Chinese naturalism. Last comes a discussion of the conception of Laws of Nature in China and the West.

Zhang Xueliang

The General Who Never Fought
Author: A. Shai
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230348912
Category: History
Page: 174
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The first book to tell the strange and fascinating story of General Zhang Xue-liang, the Chinese-Manchurian 'Young Marshall' - a man who left an indelible mark on the history of modern China, but few know his story. Unlocking the mystery of this man's life, Aron Shai helps to shed light on 20th-century China.

Crossroads and Cultures, Combined Volume

A History of the World's Peoples
Author: Bonnie G. Smith,Marc Van De Mieroop,Richard von Glahn,Kris Lane
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 0312410174
Category: History
Page: 1056
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Crossroads and Cultures: A History of the World’s Peoples incorporates the best current cultural history into a fresh and original narrative that connects global patterns of development with life on the ground. As the title, “Crossroads,” suggests, this new synthesis highlights the places and times where people exchanged goods and commodities, shared innovations and ideas, waged war and spread disease, and in doing so joined their lives to the broad sweep of global history. Students benefit from a strong pedagogical design, abundant maps and images, and special features that heighten the narrative’s attention to the lives and voices of the world’s peoples. Test drive a chapter today. Find out how.

Confucian Democracy

A Deweyan Reconstruction
Author: Sor-hoon Tan
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 9780791458907
Category: Philosophy
Page: 258
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Using both Confucian texts and the work of American pragmatist John Dewey, this book offers a distinctly Confucian model of democracy.

Taoism and the Arts of China


Author: Stephen Little,Shawn Eichman
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520227859
Category: Art
Page: 415
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A celebration of Taoist art traces the influence of philosophy on the visual arts in China.

In the Service of the Khan

Eminent Personalities of the Early Mongol-Yüan Period (1200-1300)
Author: Igor de Rachewiltz
Publisher: Otto Harrassowitz Verlag
ISBN: 9783447033398
Category: Asia, Central
Page: 808
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China between Empires

The Northern and Southern Dynasties
Author: Mark Edward LEWIS
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674040155
Category: History
Page: 350
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After the collapse of the Han dynasty in the third century CE, China divided along a north-south line. This book traces the changes that both underlay and resulted from this split in a period that saw the geographic redefinition of China, more engagement with the outside world, significant changes to family life, developments in the literary and social arenas, and the introduction of new religions.