Chinese Civilization: A Sourcebook, 2nd Ed (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 24, 2009 - History - 524 pages
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Chinese Civilization sets the standard for supplementary texts in Chinese history courses. With newly expanded material, personal documents, social records, laws, and documents that historians mistakenly ignore, the sixth edition is even more useful than its classic predecessor. A complete and thorough introduction to Chinese history and culture.
  

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I adored this book. These mainly primary source readings were fascinating and were my favorite readings of the semester. The sourcebook has a wide variety of reading son different topics ranging from ... Read full review

Contents

The Metal Bound Box A scene in which the Duke of Zhou offers his life to
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The Battle Between Jin and Chu Description of the strategies jockeying for position
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Daoist Teachings Passages from the Laozi and Zhuangzi
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The Examination System Humorous and semihumorous anecodotes about mens
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Two Avengers From the Intrigues of the Warring States
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n THE QIN AND HAN DYNASTIES
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Shi Jin the NineDragoned Episode from a novel describing the background of
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The World Beyond China From Sima Qians Historical Records
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THE QING DYNASTY
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Lan Dingyuans Casebook Two examples of how an energetic Magistrate solved
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the Confucian scholars about the role of the government in economic matters
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Wang Fu on Friendship and Getting Ahead A secondcentury mans cynical view
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Yin and Yang in Medical Theory The theory behind traditional medicine from
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Uprisings Accounts of two religious leaders and the uprisings they staged
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Ge Hongs Autobiography By a fourthcentury scholar and reluctant official
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Buddhist Doctrines and Practices Wei Shous summary of Buddhist doctrines
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Tales of Ghosts and Demons Three tales from a fourthcentury collection
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Emperor Taizong on Effective Government A summary of political theory written
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The Errors of Geomancy An officials complaints about the profusion of theories
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efforts to pass the civil service examinations
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THE SONG AND YUAN DYNASTIES
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Precepts of the Perfect Truth Daoist Sect Principles of a Daoist monastic sect
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Rules for the Fan Lineages Charitable Estate The rules by which a charitable trust
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Ancestral Rites
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Women and the Problems They Create Three folktalelike stories of unusual women
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Zhu Xis Conversations with His Disciples Conversations between a leading
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The Attractions of the Capital A description of economic activity entertainment
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The Mutual Responsibility System One magistrates instructions on how these units
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A Mongol Governor The biography of a Mongol who spent decades putting down
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A ScholarPainters Diary Two weeks of social and intellectual activity
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Yangming and Li
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techniques of earning a living
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THE PEOPLES REPUBLIC
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Land Reform An episode from a novel showing peasants learning to stand up
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Hu Feng and Mao Zedong Letters of a leading intellectual which Mao published with
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A New Young Man Arrives at the Organization Department An episode from a story
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Peng Dehuais Critique of the Great Leap Forward Pengs letter to Mao offering
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Lei Feng Chairman Maos Good Fighter Inspirational anecdotes about a model
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Shi Jin the NineDragoned
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Red Guards Red Guards accounts of their activities during the Cultural Revolution
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Victims A short story written after the fall of the Gang of Four showing some
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The Changing Course of Courtship Four documents that show the changing
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The OneChild Family One province regulations for fostering the onechild family
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womens employment or welfare
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Peasants in the Cities An interview and a newspaper article concerning the rural
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Posters Calling for Democracy Posters from the 1989 Democracy Protests
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Glossary
505
Original Sources
515
The World Beyond China
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About the author (2009)

Patricia B. Ebrey is Professor with Joint Appointment: Early Imperial China, Song Dynasty at the University of Washington in Seattle. In addition to THE CAMBRIDGE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF CHINA (Cambridge University Press, 1996), she has published numerous journal articles. Her monographs include THE INNER QUARTERS: MARRIAGE AND THE LIVES OF CHINESE WOMEN IN THE SUNG PERIOD (University of California Press, 1993) and CONFUCIANISM AND FAMILY RITUALS IN IMPERIAL CHINA: A SOCIAL HISTORY OF WRITING ABOUT RITES (Princeton University Press, 1991). She is also author of CHINA: A CULTURAL, SOCIAL, AND POLITICAL HISTORY (Houghton Mifflin, 2006). She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1975.

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