The Golden Age of Chinese thought in its political and military context.
About the Author
E. BRUCE BROOKS is research professor of Chinese and A. TAEKO BROOKS is research associate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. Antiquity 2. The Economy 3. The State 4. War and Peace 5. The Civilian Elite 6. The People 7. Transcendence 8. The Empire
What People are Saying About This
The picture the Brookses have built up, piece by piece, over the years deeply alters our understanding of the classical texts, of the nature of the dialogue among thinkers, and of the actual history of early China.
The work of Bruce and Taeko Brooks is unique.... They have brought to the field the proven methodology of Classical philology and applied it to long unsolved problems concerning the date and structure of the Chinese classical texts... the result has been a revolution in the understanding of these texts, and in their proper use as sources for history.
“I like the matter-of-fact tone of the book. It is amazing how much there is, and yet the book is easily approachable.
I will definitely use it in my course. It solves a problem I have had from the beginning: to give context for the philosophical texts.... A stylistically economical, accessible, gripping, and substantive book.
“Wonderfully rich and informative, lucidly outlined, tightly written, packed with fascinating excerpts, and simply a joy to read. I wish someone would do this for early Greek history, including the focus on methodology and mythography.”
Every one of the publications planned in this series will make a major contribution in establishing a new paradigm for our understanding of the key philosophical, political, and historical texts...how these texts spoke to each other, and how they evolved in dynamic dialogue with each other.
“One bit I enjoyed in the Antiquity chapter was the irrefutable and murderously efficient demonstration that the idea that there was some sort of military or economic restructuring under Chí Hwán-g ng (as in the Gw n Jùng legends) is a historically worthless fantasy.”