Essays on Chinese Civilization

This collection of twenty-one articles represents some of the major writings by one of the United States' leading Sinologists, Derk Bodde.

Author: Derk Bodde

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400853328

Category: History

Page: 474

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This collection of twenty-one articles represents some of the major writings by one of the United States' leading Sinologists, Derk Bodde. Originally published in 1982. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.
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American Civilization Portrayed in Ancient Confucianism

The current work invites Americans to step through the looking glass - backwards, this time - and view ourselves from a Confucian perspective.

Author: Wei-Bin Zhang

Publisher: Algora Publishing

ISBN: 9780875861630

Category: History

Page: 216

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The current work invites Americans to step through the looking glass - backwards, this time - and view ourselves from a Confucian perspective. In his analysis, Zhang draws together references to the I Ching, Leibniz, Tocqueville, Lipset and Aristotle, a judicious few statistics such as crime rate and economic growth, and the lions of Chinese philosophy.
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The Core Values of Chinese Civilization

However, given that the concepts and theories involved have been left largely unanalyzed, this book develops a theoretical treatment of them in several important respects.

Author: Lai Chen

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9789811033674

Category: Philosophy

Page: 179

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Drawing on the core values of western civilization, the author refines the counterparts in Chinese civilization, summarized as four core principles: duty before freedom, obedience before rights, community before individual, and harmony before conflict. Focusing on guoxue or Sinology as the basis of his approach, the author provides detailed explanations of traditional Chinese values. Recent scholars have addressed the concept of guoxue since the modern age, sorting through it and piecing it together, which has produced an extremely abundant range of information. However, given that the concepts and theories involved have been left largely unanalyzed, this book develops a theoretical treatment of them in several important respects. First, it analyzes the mindset of guoxue, examining the dominant ideas and values of the era from which the term “guoxue” arose, focusing on its connection to early changes and trends in society and culture, and distinguishing three key phases of development. Past scholars mainly had in mind the range of objects studied in guoxue when defining it, and what this book underscores is the meaning of guoxue as a modern body of research. Secondly, it assesses several phases in the modern evolution of the body of guoxue research from the beginning to the end of the 20th century, i.e., ending with the later phase of the National Heritage movement. Third and lastly, the book explores the various main modes of modern guoxue, which correspond step by step with the evolutionary phases of guoxue research.
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Ancient Chinese Culture

This insightful volume goes on to elucidate other cultural contributions, such as art, dance, drama, literature, and pot.

Author: Paula Morrow

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc

ISBN: 9781477788851

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

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A culture that has been around for 4,000 years, as Chinese culture has, obviously has a rich history. Ancient Chinese culture planted the seeds for modern China. This thought-provoking resource offers readers a glimpse into the major ages of China and their prominent contributions to history. Illuminating text details the influence of the Yellow River, the Shang (Bronze Age) ornamentation, the Great Wall from the Qin (Imperial Age), and silk use and the Silk Road of the Han. This insightful volume goes on to elucidate other cultural contributions, such as art, dance, drama, literature, and pot.
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The Decline of Ancient Chinese Civilization

This enlightening book leads readers though the history of ancient China, up to and through its decline, including how power was centralized within the Zhou royal house and aristocratic families that ruled their individual territories.

Author: Marty Gitlin

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc

ISBN: 9781477789223

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

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This enlightening book leads readers though the history of ancient China, up to and through its decline, including how power was centralized within the Zhou royal house and aristocratic families that ruled their individual territories. This resource explains the Spring and Autumn periods, as well as Confucius’s influence, and the positive and negative aspects of the Qin Dynasty. Readers will be captivated by the ebb and flow of rulers, the excitement of peasant revolts, and rebellions that ultimately resulted in the fall of ancient China.
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Chinese Culture Western Culture

This book explores how complementary Chinese and Western cultures are, how they should learn from each other to establish a dynamic balance, and how institutions need constant redefinition and renewal in order to prosper.

Author: Tai Ng

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9780595425471

Category: History

Page: 400

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This book explores how complementary Chinese and Western cultures are, how they should learn from each other to establish a dynamic balance, and how institutions need constant redefinition and renewal in order to prosper. By studying the history and development of thought and philosophy in these cultures, it suggests lessons from our past that may shed light on current events and help us in handling future challenges. The book presents answers to the following important questions:Do Chinese people think differently from Westerners, and if so, how and why? What are the key differences between Chinese and Western culture and why? How did China become the most technologically advanced and sociologically sophisticated nation in the world until the seventeenth century, and why did it ultimately decline? What are the key characteristics of political institutions in historical China and Europe, and how were they significant? In this postmodern time and era of globalization, what can we learn from Chinese culture and experiences? As China rapidly industrializes, what can it learn from the West without repeating some of the mistakes that Europeans and North Americans made in their periods of industrialization?
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An Introduction to Chinese History and Culture

This book breaks with convention and provides an overview of Chinese history in the form of special topics.

Author: Qizhi Zhang

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783662464823

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.
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