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
View: 4656
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.

Edinburgh Companion to the History of Democracy

Author: Benjamin Isakhan
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 0748653686
Category: History
Page: 384
View: 9953
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 World of Thought in Ancient China

Author: Benjamin Isadore Schwartz
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674961913
Category: History
Page: 490
View: 9357
Examines the development of the philosophy, culture, and civilization of ancient China and discusses the history of Taoism and Confucianism

Taoism and the Arts of China

Author: Stephen Little,Shawn Eichman,Kristofer Shipper,Patricia Buckley Ebrey
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520227859
Category: Art
Page: 415
View: 2592
A celebration of Taoist art traces the influence of philosophy on the visual arts in China.

Zhang Xueliang

The General Who Never Fought
Author: A. Shai
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230348912
Category: History
Page: 174
View: 2690
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.

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

Author: Joseph Needham,Ling Wang
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521058001
Category: Science
Page: 696
View: 1622
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.

Confucian Democracy

A Deweyan Reconstruction
Author: Sor-hoon Tan
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 9780791458907
Category: Philosophy
Page: 258
View: 2272
Using both Confucian texts and the work of American pragmatist John Dewey, this book offers a distinctly Confucian model of democracy.

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

Author: Denis Twitchett,Michael Loewe,John K. Fairbank
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521243278
Category: History
Page: 1024
View: 2286
This volume begins the historical coverage of The Cambridge History of China with the establishment of the Ch'in empire in 221 BC and ends with the abdication of the last Han emperor in AD 220. Spanning four centuries, this period witnessed major evolutionary changes in almost every aspect of China's development, being particularly notable for the emergence and growth of a centralized administration and imperial government. Leading historians from Asia, Europe, and America have contributed chapters that convey a realistic impression of significant political, economic, intellectual, religious, and social developments, and of the contacts that the Chinese made with other peoples at this time. As the book is intended for the general reader as well as the specialist, technical details are given in both Chinese terms and English equivalents. References lead to primary sources and their translations and to secondary writings in European languages as well as Chinese and Japanese.

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
View: 3088

Beauty and the Abject

Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Author: Corrado Federici,Leslie Anne Boldt-Irons,Ernesto Virgulti
Publisher: Peter Lang
ISBN: 9780820488103
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 295
View: 1491
Original Scholarly Monograph

Linda Carlton's Island Adventure

Author: Edith Lavell
Publisher: Library of Alexandria
ISBN: 1465550313
Category: Asia
Page: 278
View: 7692

An Introduction to Chinese History and Culture

Author: Qizhi Zhang
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3662464829
Category: Social Science
Page: 467
View: 8478
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.

The Cambridge History of China

Author: John King Fairbank,Denis Crispin Twitchett,Michael Loewe,John W. Chaffee,Paul J. Smith,Herbert Franke,Frederick W. Mote,Albert Feuerwerker,Kwang-Ching Liu,Willard J. Peterson,Roderick MacFarquhar
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521243384
Category: China
Page: 1092
View: 4408
International scholars and sinologists discuss culture, economic growth, social change, political processes, and foreign influences in China since the earliest pre-dynastic period.

Asian Millenarianism

An Interdisciplinary Study of the Taiping and Tonghak Rebellions in a Global Context
Author: Hong Beom Rhee
Publisher: Cambria Press
ISBN: 1934043427
Category: History
Page: 436
View: 6419
This groundbreaking book reexamines the Taiping and the Tonghak movements in 19th-century Asia. Providing an understanding of the movements as an expression, in part, of deeply rooted Asian spiritual ideas, the work also offers historical and philosophical reflections on what studies of Asian millenarianism can contribute to the comparative study of millenarianism.

A World History of Art

Author: Hugh Honour,John Fleming
Publisher: Laurence King Publishing
ISBN: 9781856694513
Category: Art
Page: 936
View: 3982
Expanded to include the latest discoveries in prehistoric art as well as the most recent developments in non-Western and modern art, this is an up-to-date and wide ranging history of art.

The Rise of Western Power

A Comparative History of Western Civilization
Author: Jonathan Daly
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1441144757
Category: History
Page: 464
View: 6045
The West's history is one of extraordinary success; no other region, empire, culture, or civilization has left so powerful a mark upon the world. The Rise of Western Power charts the West's achievements-representative government, the free enterprise system, modern science, and the rule of law-as well as its misdeeds-two frighteningly destructive World Wars, the Holocaust, imperialistic domination, and the Atlantic slave trade. Adopting a global perspective, Jonathan Daly explores the contributions of other cultures and civilizations to the West's emergence. Historical, geographical, and cultural factors all unfold in the narrative. Adopting a thematic structure, the book traces the rise of Western power through a series of revolutions-social, political, technological, military, commercial, and industrial, among others. The result is a clear and engaging introduction to the history of Western civilization.

Museums in China

The Politics of Representation After Mao
Author: Marzia Varutti
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
ISBN: 1843838885
Category: Art
Page: 190
View: 465
An examination of museums in China, surveying their development from the nineteenth century, and looking in particular at their incredible recent proliferation.

Never Forget National Humiliation

Historical Memory in Chinese Politics and Foreign Relations
Author: Zheng Wang
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231520166
Category: Political Science
Page: 312
View: 1613
How could the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) not only survive but even thrive, regaining the support of many Chinese citizens after the Tiananmen Square crackdown of 1989? Why has popular sentiment turned toward anti-Western nationalism despite the anti-dictatorship democratic movements of the 1980s? And why has China been more assertive toward the United States and Japan in foreign policy but relatively conciliatory toward smaller countries in conflict? Offering an explanation for these unexpected trends, Zheng Wang follows the Communist government's ideological reeducation of the public, which relentlessly portrays China as the victim of foreign imperialist bullying during "one hundred years of humiliation." By concentrating on the telling and teaching of history in today's China, Wang illuminates the thinking of the young patriots who will lead this rising power in the twenty-first century. Wang visits China's primary schools and memory sites and reads its history textbooks, arguing that China's rise should not be viewed through a single lens, such as economics or military growth, but from a more comprehensive perspective that takes national identity and domestic discourse into account. Since it is the prime raw material for constructing China's national identity, historical memory is the key to unlocking the inner mystery of the Chinese. From this vantage point, Wang tracks the CCP's use of history education to glorify the party, reestablish its legitimacy, consolidate national identity, and justify one-party rule in the post-Tiananmen and post–Cold War era. The institutionalization of this manipulated historical consciousness now directs political discourse and foreign policy, and Wang demonstrates its important role in China's rise.

War and Nationalism in China: 1925-1945

Author: Hans van de Ven
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134759258
Category: History
Page: 392
View: 1145
In 1937, the Nationalists under Chiang Kaishek were leading the Chinese war effort against Japan and were lauded in the West for their efforts to transform China into an independent and modern nation; yet this image was quickly tarnished. The Nationalists were soon denounced as militarily incompetent, corrupt, and antidemocratic and Chiang Kaishek, the same. In this book, van de Ven investigates the myths and truths of Nationalist resistance including issues such as: the role of the US in East Asia during the Second World War the achievements of Chiang Kaishek as Nationalist leader the respective contributions of the Nationalists and the Communists to the defeat of Japan the consequences of the Europe First strategy for Asia. War and Nationalism in China offers a major new interpretation of the Chinese Nationalists, placing their war of resistance against Japan in the context of their prolonged efforts to establish control over their own country and providing a critical reassessment of Allied Warfare in the region. This groundbreaking volume will interest students and researchers of Chinese History and Warfare.

The Penguin History of the Twentieth Century

The History of the World, 1901 to the Present
Author: J M Roberts
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141928492
Category: History
Page: 928
View: 503
This dazzling overview of a turbulent century explores both dramatic events and underlying trends. Despite a terrible two-stage 'European civil war' and the traumatic rise and fall of communism, wealth has increased dramatically alongside a four-fold leap in population, women's lives have been transformed, America has assumed undisputed political and cultural leadership. The Penguin History of the Twentieth Century is powerful, international and definitive.