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: 8235
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 World of Thought in Ancient China

Author: Benjamin Isadore Schwartz
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674961913
Category: History
Page: 490
View: 4477
Examines the development of the philosophy, culture, and civilization of ancient China and discusses the history of Taoism and Confucianism

An Introduction to Chinese History and Culture

Author: Qizhi Zhang
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3662464829
Category: Social Science
Page: 467
View: 931
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 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
View: 1659
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.

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,Herbert Franke,Albert Feuerwerker,Kwang-Ching Liu,Frederick W. Mote,Willard J. Peterson,Paul Jakov Smith,Roderick MacFarquhar
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521243278
Category: History
Page: 1024
View: 3245
International scholars and sinologists discuss culture, economic growth, social change, political processes, and foreign influences in China since the earliest pre-dynastic period

Edinburgh Companion to the History of Democracy

Author: Benjamin Isakhan
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 0748653686
Category: History
Page: 384
View: 842
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.

Rising China and Its Postmodern Fate

Memories of Empire in a New Global Context
Author: Charles Horner
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
ISBN: 0820333344
Category: Political Science
Page: 224
View: 4799
As China debates its past, how will it define its future? In this work, Horner offers a different interpretation of how China's changed view of its modern historical experience has also changed China's understanding of its long intellectual and cultural tradition.

Die Kunst des Krieges

Author: Sunzi
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783426876596
Page: 156
View: 490

Writing and Authority in Early China

Author: Mark Edward Lewis
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 9780791441145
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 544
View: 7961
This book traces the evolving uses of writing to command assent and obedience in early China, an evolution that culminated in the establishment of a textual canon as the foundation of imperial authority. Its central theme is the emergence of this body of writings as the textual double of the state, and of the text-based sage as the double of the ruler. The book examines the full range of writings employed in early China, such as divinatory records, written communications with ancestors, government documents, the collective writings of philosophical and textual traditions, speeches attributed to historical figures, chronicles, verse anthologies, commentaries, and encyclopedic compendia. Lewis shows how these writings served to administer populations, control officials, form new social groups, invent new models of authority, and create an artificial language whose master generated power and whose graphs became potent objects.

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: 3337
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: 4710
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: 3023
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: 8136
Using both Confucian texts and the work of American pragmatist John Dewey, this book offers a distinctly Confucian model of democracy.

Discovering Ancient China

Author: Jeanne Nagle
Publisher: Britannica Educational Publishing
ISBN: 1622758188
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 48
View: 871
In this comprehensive volume dedicated to ancient Chinese civilization, upper elementary–level readers will learn the different dynasties of ancient China, the memorable leaders that spearheaded them, and the lasting influences each period had on civilizations to follow. Readers will learn about the oldest examples of Chinese writing, which ruler was responsible for completing the Great Wall, and the cultural context in which Confucius became a prominent philosopher, among other fascinating details. These ancient Chinese contributions—all still well known today—constitute only a few of the aspects of ancient China waiting to be discovered.

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: 754

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: 3384
Original Scholarly Monograph

Linda Carlton's Island Adventure

Author: Edith Lavell
Publisher: Library of Alexandria
ISBN: 1465550313
Category: Asia
Page: 278
View: 8943

The Cambridge History of China

Author: John King Fairbank,Denis Crispin Twitchett,Michael Loewe,Herbert Franke,Albert Feuerwerker,Kwang-Ching Liu,Roderick MacFarquhar
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521243384
Category: China
Page: 1092
View: 8329
International scholars and sinologists discuss culture, economic growth, social change, political processes, and foreign influences in China since the earliest pre-dynastic period.

The Confucian-legalist State

A New Theory of Chinese History
Author: Dingxin Zhao
Publisher: Oxford Studies in Early Empire
ISBN: 0199351732
Category: History
Page: 447
View: 6229
"The Confucian-Legalist State proposes a new theory of social change and, in doing so, analyzes the patterns of Chinese history, such as the rise and persistence of a unified empire, the continuous domination of Confucianism, and China's impossibility to develop industrial capitalism without being compelled by Western imperialism"--

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: 5090
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.