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Sources of Chinese Tradition, Vol 1: From Earliest Times to 1600

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A collection of seminal primary readings on the social, intellectual, and religious traditions of China, "Sources of Chinese Tradition, Volume 1" has been widely used and praised for almost forty years as an authoritative resource for scholars and students and as a thorough and engaging introduction for general readers. Here at last is a completely revised and expanded ...more
Paperback, 998 pages
Published January 28th 1999 by Columbia University Press (first published 1960)
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Jan 10, 2012 Lucas rated it it was amazing
Great sourcebook, earliest times through the Ming.
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Apr 17, 2014 Mary Rose rated it really liked it
I'll admit up front that I didn't read every single text in here (it is over 900 pages long, and the pages have small type...and this is only Volume one. Yeah, it's a dense book), but I read a good chunk of it for my class on Chinese Civilization and found it to be a really helpful text. Since it is mostly primary sources, you really need a good other textbook that will give you a more general history (I recommend the Cambridge guide to Chinese History by Ebrey) in order to get the full picture. ...more
Nov 20, 2012 Geneva rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little dense and dull at times, this is nevertheless a good place to start if you want an overview of historical Chinese philosophies (though, since I was just starting, I don't have anything to compare it to). I liked that most of the book was excerpts from original sources, but I got a bit bogged down in all of the manifestations of Confucianism.
May 10, 2011 Austin rated it really liked it
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A journey through the origins of Chinese intellectual history, from primary sources, through the many phases of Taoism, Confucianism, Legalism, Moism, and Buddhism. Of particular interest are the possible relevance of Confucian social values to modern Western democracies.
David McCormick
Dec 24, 2012 David McCormick rated it it was amazing
A fantastic source book of primary sources from early Chinese religion and philosophy. A nibble of just about everything, I guess.
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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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