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Sources of Chinese Tradition, Vol. 1 Paperback – July 1, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0231109390 ISBN-10: 0231109393 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Series: Introduction to Asian Civilizations
  • Paperback: 998 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press; 2nd edition (July 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231109393
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231109390
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This masterful compilation is the most comprehensive sourcebook of chinese civilization ever published in a Western language. -- PLA, Appearing in University Press Books Selected for Public and Secondary School Libraries

This masterful compilation is the most comprehensive sourcebook of chinese civilization ever published in a Western language. -- Review

About the Author

Wm. Theodore de Bary is John Mitchell Mason Professor Emeritus and provost emeritus of Columbia University, where he currently holds the title of Special Service Professor. He is the author of many books, including Waiting for the Dawn, Message of the Mind, and Learning for One's Self, and the editor of Sources of Japanese Tradition and Sources of Korean Tradition, as well as (with Tu Weiming) Confucianism and Human Rights, all published by Columbia.Irene Bloom is Wm. Theodore and Fanny de Bary and Class of 1941 Associate Professor of Asian Humanities at Columbia University, associate professor and chair of the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures at Barnard College, and program director of the Columbia University Committee on Asia and the Middle East. She is the editor and translator of Knowledge Painfully Acquired: The K'un-chih chi of Lo Ch'in-shun and editor, with Joshua A. Fogel, of Meeting of Minds, both published by Columbia.


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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 8, 2005
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This book gets the majority of its bulk from direct translations of actual Chinese texts, and as such it is an indespensible tool for any student interested in Chinese religions and philosohpies. There is very little input on the part of the editors and I, personally, was very thankful this. It can be dreadfully difficult trying to find sources that aren't mired in thousands of pages of theory and speculation, and sometimes a person just needs the root text! An awesome book.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By H. Huggins on July 3, 2003
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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, and this new edition includes everything from the 1960 edition up through the Jiang Zemin era.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By gxqldr on May 22, 2013
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I am a native Chinese and I am a political science major student in a relatively prestigious school. I have been knowing Chinese history for years, with living in China and study Chinese history in my high school. HOWEVER, this book is truly amazing and revealed many things and insights about my own cultural roots. A must read!
Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tax on December 17, 2012
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An amazing resource for Chinese history in a beautiful layout. I would definitely recommend this and the 2nd volume to anyone interested in diving into primary Chinese source material.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kev on July 23, 2011
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Bought it for a college course and surprise (!) ended up reading it! It can be a bit dry of course, but its a pretty interesting read if you're into that kind of stuff. If you have no interest in history well then obviously this book is not for you.

Also it is HUGE. I definitely did not read the entire textbook. At whatever price you are paying for this book, the price per page is less than a penny. It weighs about 5 pounds and is fatter than a two cheeeseburgers stacked on top of each other.

Still, decent read, heavy, and if you can get it for under 10 dollars you are probably getting a good deal.
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By Thao on March 30, 2014
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The book is quite boring. I only got it because of a requirement for a Chinese history class. Full of ideologies from great Chinese philosophers.
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