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Western Chou Civilization (Early Chinese Civilization Series) Hardcover – September 28, 1988


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Product Details

  • Series: Early Chinese Civilization Series
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; y First printing edition (September 28, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300037724
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300037722
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,048,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Louis Petrillo on July 5, 2012
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This book is definitely for either a professional scholar in the area or a very determined general reader. It definitely doesn't hurt to know Chinese as well.
Here are the pluses:
1. the text contains the Chinese characters for people and place names which is very helpful as any romanization can still be ambiguous;
2. the numerous references to recent architectural discoveries are very well footnoted to sources in Chinese;
3. there are numerous pictures of and rubbings from the bronzes cited in the text;
4. there are numerous tie-ins between the archaeological sources and the classical Chinese texts (Shi Jing, Shan Shu, Chun Qiu, Zuo Zhuan, etc.)
Here are the minuses:
1. the romanization scheme used is Wade-Giles rather than pinyin;
2. the English translations of the Chinese originals are those by James Legge which by now are somewhat archaic. Possibly Watson's translation of the Zuo Zhuan wasn't available. And unfortunately Legge is still the only one who has translated the Shan Shu and the Chun Qiu.
3. the book is already rather dated as new discoveries continue to be made. For example, there is no mention made of the discoveries of Sanxingdui or various Han tombs that have greatly enriched our knowledge of the classical writings. Maybe the authors will produce a second edition containing more recent material. If not the reader will have to rely on more recent writings such as The Cambridge History of Ancient China and Dr. Feng Li's books.
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