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Sources of Chinese Tradition, Vol. 1 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0231109390
ISBN-10: 0231109393
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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, "Journal of Chinese Religions"

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This volume contains a chronological table of Chinese history beginning with 2852 B.C. up to A.D. 1849. In addition to presenting the major schools of classical philosophy, this volume discusses yin-yang theories of cosmology and geomancy and the rationale of monarchy and dynastic rule.
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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: 6.2 x 1.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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the book content is great and detailed, yet it is not as new as I expected, still, I am really satisfied with the price and the quality!
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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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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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De Bary and colleagues have compiled useful original documents to illustrate the major trends and traditions in China over the milennia
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