Chinese History and Culture: Seventeenth Century Through Twentieth Century by Ying-shih YüChinese History and Culture: Seventeenth Century Through Twentieth Century by Ying-shih Yü

Chinese History and Culture: Seventeenth Century Through Twentieth Century

byYing-shih YüEditorJosephine Chiu-Duke, Michael Duke

Hardcover | September 27, 2016

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The recipient of the Kluge Prize for lifetime achievement in the humanities and the Tang Prize for "revolutionary research" in Sinology, Ying-shih Yü is a premier scholar of Chinese studies. Chinese History and Culture volumes 1 and 2 bring his extraordinary oeuvre to English-speaking readers. Spanning two thousand years of social, intellectual, and political change, the essays in these volumes investigate two central questions through all aspects of Chinese life: what core values sustained this ancient civilization through centuries of upheaval, and in what ways did these values survive in modern times?

From Ying-shih Yü's perspective, the Dao, or the Way, constitutes the inner core of Chinese civilization. His work explores the unique dynamics between Chinese intellectuals' discourse on the Dao, or moral principles for a symbolized ideal world order, and their criticism of contemporary reality throughout Chinese history. Volume 2 of Chinese History and Culture completes Ying-shih Yü's systematic reconstruction and exploration of Chinese thought over two millennia and its impact on Chinese identity. Essays address the rise of Qing Confucianism, the development of the Dai Zhen and Zhu Xi traditions, and the response of the historian Zhang Xuecheng to the Dai Zhen approach. They take stock of the thematic importance of Cao Xueqin's eighteenth-century masterpiece Honglou meng (Dream of the Red Chamber) and the influence of Sun Yat-sen's Three Principles of the People, as well as the radicalization of China in the twentieth century and the fundamental upheavals of modernization and revolution. Ying-shih Yü also discusses the decline of elite culture in modern China, the relationships among democracy, human rights, and Confucianism, and changing conceptions of national history. He reflects on the Chinese approach to history in general and the larger political and cultural function of chronological biographies. By situating China's modern encounter with the West in a wider historical frame, this second volume of Chinese History and Culture clarifies its more curious turns and contemplates the importance of a renewed interest in the traditional Chinese values recognizing common humanity and human dignity.

Ying-shih Yü is a preeminent historian of China. Awarded the John W. Kluge Prize for achievement in the Study of Humanity and the inaugural Tang Prize International Award in Sinology, he has published more than thirty books and five hundred articles and essays on Chinese history, thought, politics, and culture. His most recent works i...
Title:Chinese History and Culture: Seventeenth Century Through Twentieth CenturyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:448 pagesPublished:September 27, 2016Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Author's PrefaceEditorial NoteList of AbbreviationsChronology of Dynasties1. Some Preliminary Observations on the Rise of Qing Confucian Intellectualism2. Dai Zhen and the Zhu Xi Tradition3. Dai Zhen's Choice Between Philosophy and Philology4. Zhang Xuecheng Versus Dai Zhen: A Study in Intellectual Challenge and Response inEighteenth-Century China5. Qing Confucianism6. The Two Worlds of Honglou meng (Dream of the Red Chamber)7. Sun Yat-sen's Doctrine and Traditional Chinese Culture8. The Radicalization of China in the Twentieth Century9. Neither Renaissance nor Enlightenment: A Historian's Reflections on the May Fourth Movement10. Modernization Versus Fetishism of Revolution in Twentieth-Century China11. The Idea of Democracy and the Twilight of the Elite Culture in Modern China12. China's New Wave of Nationalism13. Democracy, Human Rights and Confucian Culture14. Changing Conceptions of National History in Twentieth-Century China15. Reflections on Chinese Historical Thinking16. Modern Chronological Biography and the Conception of Historical Scholarship17. The Study of Chinese History: Retrospect and Prospect18. Confucianism and China's Encounter with the West in Historical Perspective19. Clio's New Cultural Turn and the Rediscovery of Tradition in AsiaAcknowledgmentsAppendix. The John W. Kluge Prize Address and The Tang Prize for Sinology Acceptance SpeechIndex

Editorial Reviews

This anthology compiles Ying-shih Yü's many years of research on Chinese history and culture and features the most important topics and turning points in Chinese history. Yü's English publications and texts are the highlights and summaries of his best work in Chinese, and this book will allow scholars from the English-speaking world firsthand access to Yü's many accomplishments and open myriads of dialogue.