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has been seen through basic writings and historical documents of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. Now in its second edition, revised and
extended through Deng Xiaoping and Jiang Zemin--era China, this
classic volume remains unrivaled for its wide selection of source
readings on history, society, and thought in the world's largest
nation. Award-winning China scholar Wm. Theodore de Bary -- who
edited the first edition in 1960 -- and his coeditor Richard
Lufrano have revised and updated the second volume of Sources to
reflect the interactions of ideas, institutions, and historical
events from the seventeenth century up to the present day.
Beginning with Qing civilization and continuing to contemporary
times, volume II brings together key source texts from more than
three centuries of Chinese history, with opening essays by noted
China authorities providing context for readers not familiar with
the period in question.
Here are just a few of the topics covered in this second volume
of Sources of Chinese Tradition:
• Early Sino-Western contacts in the seventeenth century;
• Four centuries of Chinese reflections on differences between
Eastern and Western civilizations;
• Nineteenth- and twentieth-century reform movements, with
treatises on women's rights, modern science, and literary
• Controversies over the place of Confucianism in modern Chinese
• The nationalist revolution -- including readings from Sun
Yat-sen and Chiang Kai-shek;
• The communist revolution -- with central writings by Mao
• Works from contemporary China -- featuring political essays
from Deng Xiaoping and dissidents including Wei Jingsheng.
With more than two hundred selections in lucid, readable
translation by today's most renowned experts on Chinese language
and civilization, Sources of Chinese Tradition will
continue to be recognized as the standard for source readings on
Chinese civilization, an indispensable learning tool for scholars
and students of Asian civilizations.
Subjects: History, Philosophy
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