Chinese History and Culture: Sixth Century B.C.E. to Seventeenth Century

Hardcover | September 20, 2016

byYing-shih YüEditorJosephine Chiu-Duke, Michael S. Duke

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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 Yü Ying-shih'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 1 of Chinese History and Culture explores how the Dao was reformulated, expanded, defended, and preserved by Chinese intellectuals up to the seventeenth century, guiding them through history's darkest turns. Essays incorporate the evolving conception of the soul and the afterlife in pre- and post-Buddhist China, the significance of eating practices and social etiquette, the move toward greater individualism, the rise of the Neo-Daoist movement, the spread of Confucian ethics, and the growth of merchant culture and capitalism. A true panorama of Chinese culture's continuities and transition, Yü Ying-shih's two-volume Chinese History and Culture gives readers of all backgrounds a unique education in the meaning of Chinese civilization.

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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, in...

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...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:September 20, 2016Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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Author's PrefaceEditorial NoteList of AbbreviationsChronology of Dynasties1. Between the Heavenly and the Human2. Life and Immortality in the Mind of Han China3. "O Soul, Come Back!" A Study in the Changing Conceptions of the Soul and Afterlife in Pre-Buddhist China4. New Evidence on the Early Chinese Conception of Afterlife5. Food in Chinese Culture: The Han Period6. The Seating Order at the Hong Men Banquet7. Individualism and the Neo-Daoist Movement in Wei-Jin China8. Intellectual Breakthroughs in the Tang-Song Transition9. Morality and Knowledge in Zhu Xi's Philosophical System10. Confucian Ethics and Capitalism11. Business Culture and Chinese Traditions-Toward a Study of the Evolution of Merchant Culture in Chinese History12. Reorientation of Confucian Social Thought in the Age of Wang Yangming13. The Intellectual World of Jiao Hong Revisited14. Toward an Interpretation of Intellectual Transition in the Seventeenth CenturyAcknowledgmentsAppendix. The John W. Kluge Prize Address and The Tang Prize for Sinology Acceptance SpeechIndex

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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.