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Seller: Top-Rated Seller ancientgifts (4,748) 100%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 123007481287 Sources of Chinese Tradition complied by Wm. Theodore de Bary, Wing-tsit Chan, Burton Watson. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Hardcover: 976 pages. Publisher: Columbia University Press; (1960).For four decades Sources of Chinese Tradition has served to introduce Western readers to Chinese civilization as it has been seen through basic writings and historical documents of the Chinese themselves. This classic volume remains unrivaled for its wide selection of source readings on history, society, and thought in the world´s largest nation. A collection of seminal primary readings on the social, intellectual, and religious traditions of China, 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. 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 (1570-1045 BC) and continuing through the Ming dynasty and Qing Dynasties and into Communist China. 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 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 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. Part Four, 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. Part Five, entitled China and the New World, examines the history of the Qing Dynasty, as well as the Republic and Communist Eras. With annotations, a detailed chronology, glossary, and a new introduction by the editors, will continue to be a standard resource, guidebook, and introduction to Chinese civilization well into the twenty-first century. CONDITION: GOOD. Hardcover with (replacement) dustjacket. Columbia University (1960) 976 pages. Inside the pages are crisp, clean, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound. There is an inked annotation indicating year published and price on the front end paper. There's a tiny tear to the bottom edge of the title page, and the title page separated from the binding and so was secured with archival binding tape. Those imperfections noted, the inside of the book is otherwise absolutely pristine. Blue cloth covers evidence only very light edge and corner shelfwear, and are exceptionally clean. Original dustjacket was lost, so we produced a full-color replacement printed on high-gloss photographic quality paper, enclosed in a mylar cover. It's very handsome and durable. Very sharp overall. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR JACKET DESCRIPTION(S) AND FOR PAGES OF PICTURES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: An introduction to Chinese civilization as it has been seen through basic writings and historical documents of the Chinese themselves, brings together key source texts from more than three centuries of Chinese history. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: Since its first appearance in 1960, “Sources of Chinese Tradition” has educated several generations of students, teachers, and scholars in the West interested in getting a firm grasp of the fundamentals of Chinese civilization. The selections are excellent, translations faithful and elegant, and introductions terse and to the point. If I were asked to recommend only one book for anyone who wishes to know something about Chinese culture, I would name, without a moment of hesitation, “Sources of Chinese Tradition”. Ying-shih Y Gordon Wu Professor of Chinese Studies and professor of history, Princeton University. REVIEW: This masterful compilation is the most comprehensive sourcebook of chinese civilization ever published in a Western language. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: This book is a collection of readings dealing with ancient Chinese history, especially focusing on philosophy and religion. The readings are organized into chapters related to various stages in Chinese history. Early chapters cover antiquity, Confucius, Mo Tzu, and Taoism. Then comes Confucian tradition, the Legalists, the Imperial Order, the Universal Order, and the Economic Order. This is followed by the Great Han Historians, Neo-Taoism, and Buddhism. This volume is rounded out with the Confucian revival and neo-Confucianism; and an examination of modern China. Each chapter begins with a short introduction essay that introduces the context and events of the time and goes to a selection of original texts on the topic at hand. This book is a great resource for the serious student of Chinese philosophy and culture. The essays and readings provide a unique window into Chinese thought. The authors assume that the reader will have a basic familiarity with the overall picture of Chinese history, and provide many details and insights into why history took the course that it did. I found the reading selections, drawn from such documents as the Analects of Confucius or historical documents like Ma tuan-Lin's Introduction to the Survey on the Land Tax, particularly illuminating. To find so many documents such as these presented in English, together with essays that explain their context and importance, is invaluable for the serious Asian studies scholar. REVIEW: I'll make this short...For anyone interested in Chinese history, literature, or culture, this volume is an absolutely essential collection of primary sources, and includes prefaces and explanations by China scholars. There is no one better than de Bary. The selections included excerpts of almost everything: Shang Oracle Bones, the Analects of Confucius and the Confucian classics including the I Ching; Mozi; the Tao Te Ching; Zhuangzi (who famously dreamed that he was a butterfly); Mencius; Xunzi; the Zuozhuan; Sun Tzu's art of war; all kinds of stuff about Chinese schools of Buddhism including the Lotus Sutra and the Flower Garden Sutra and the history of Guanyin and Wutai Shan; Li Po (Li Bo) and Tu Fu (Du Fu); and neo-Confucianism (which was so influential in Korea). In short, this is really, practically the "Eastern Canon" and the selections are deserving of such a label. I was in turns morally and intellectually challenged, uplifted, informed and surprised; but rarely bored and never disappointed. Second, the introductory essays were exactly what I wanted to know: who might have written it, and when, and who read, and what it meant to them. For all that information, they were still brief and the bibliography was sufficient to help me chase the points that left me curious. An important thing these essays did was to cover the political, historical and social backgrounds (and foregrounds) of the texts, so I learned about Chinese history as well as literature and religion. If that is what you want to do, this book will serve you well. The binding is excellent, and while the price might look steep I have to say it's a bargain considering what you get. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). All domestic shipments and most international shipments will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site and free insurance coverage). A small percentage of international shipments may require an additional fee for tracking and/or delivery confirmation. 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