A collection of seminal primary readings on the social,
intellectual, and religious traditions of China, "Sources of
Chinese Tradition, Volume 1" has been widely used and praised for
almost forty years as an authoritative resource for scholars and
students and as a thorough and engaging introduction for general
readers. Here at last is a completely revised and expanded edition
of this classic sourcebook, compiled by noted China scholars Wm.
Theodore de Bary and Irene Bloom. Updated to reflect recent
scholarly developments, with extensive material on popular thought
and religion, social roles, and women's education, this edition
features new translations of more than half the works from the
first edition, as well as many new selections.
Arranged chronologically, this anthology is divided into four
parts, beginning at the dawn of literate Chinese civilization with
the Oracle-Bone inscriptions of the late Shang dynasty (1571--1045
B.C.E.) and continuing through the end of the Ming dynasty (C.E.
1644). Each chapter has an introduction that provides useful
historical context and offers interpretive strategies for
understanding the readings.
The first part, The Chinese Tradition in Antiquity, considers
the early development of Chinese civilization and includes
selections from Confucius's "Analects, " the texts of Mencius and
Laozi, as well as other key texts from the Confucian, Daoist, and
Legalist schools. Part 2, The Making of a Classical Culture,
focuses on Han China with readings from the "Classic of Changes" (
"I Jing"), the "Classic of Filiality, " major Han syntheses, and
the great historians of the Han dynasty. The development of
Buddhism, from the earliest translations from Sanskrit to the
central texts of the Chan school (which became Zen in Japan), is
the subject of the third section of the book. Titled Later Daoism
and Mahayana Buddhism in China, this part also covers the teachings
of Wang Bi, Daoist religion, and texts of the major schools of
Buddhist doctrine and practice. The final part, The Confucian
Revival and Neo-Confucianism, details the revival of Confucian
thought in the Tang, Song, and Ming periods, with historical
documents that link philosophical thought to political, social, and
educational developments in late imperial China.
With annotations, a detailed chronology, glossary, and a new
introduction by the editors, "Sources of Chinese Tradition" will
continue to be a standard resource, guidebook, and introduction to
Chinese civilization well into the twenty-first century.
Is the information for this product incomplete, wrong or inappropriate?
Let us know about it.
Does this product have an incorrect or missing image?
Send us a new image.
Is this product missing categories?
Add more categories.
Review This Product
No reviews yet - be the first to create one!