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Sources of Chinese Tradition: From 1600 Through the Twentieth Century

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For four decades "Sources of Chinese Tradition" has served to introduce Western readers to Chinese civilization as it has been seen through basic writings and historical documents of the Chinese themselves. Now in its second edition, revised and extended through Deng Xiaoping and Jiang Zemin--era China, this classic volume remains unrivaled for its wide selection of source ...more
Paperback, 656 pages
Published April 18th 2001 by Columbia University Press (first published February 1st 1964)
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Sharon Barrow Wilfong
This is an old book but invaluable for tracing Chinese history from the 17th century to Maoist China. It contains many essays by contemporary writers that offer great insight as to how the cultural machine of China operated and progressed.
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This is a very useful adjunct to a study of Chinese history with many excerpts from classical texts assembled and presented in highly-readable translations.
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Good source of primary documents for research.
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William Theodore de Bary (born 1919) is an East Asian studies expert at Columbia University, with the title John Mitchell Mason Professor of the University and Provost Emeritus.

De Bary graduated from Columbia College in 1941, where he was a student in the first iteration of Columbia's famed Literature Humanities course. He then briefly took up graduate studies at Harvard before the US entered the
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