The Emergence of China: From Confucius to the Empire

The Emergence of China: From Confucius to the Empire

by A. Taeko Brooks, E. Bruce Brooks


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The Golden Age of Chinese thought in its political and military context.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781936166350
Publisher: Warring States Project
Publication date: 12/31/2015
Series: Ancient China in Context Series
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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

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Haun Sussy

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.

Christopher I. Beckwith

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.

Victoria Tin-bor Hui

“I like the matter-of-fact tone of the book. It is amazing how much there is, and yet the book is easily approachable.

John J. Furlong

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.

Richard Martin

“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.”

Paul Ropp

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 these texts spoke to each other, and how they evolved in dynamic dialogue with each other.

Eric Henry

“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.”

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