Chinese Civilization: A Sourcebook, 2nd Ed

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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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Contents

Social Rituals 40 Zhu Xis Conversations with
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Heaven Earth and Man From the writings of Dong Zhongshu 57
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Womens Virtues and Vices 57 Two Philosophers
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The Examination System Humorous and semihumorous anecodotes about mens
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Wang Anshi Sima Guang and Emperor 64 Exhortations on Ceremony and Deference
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The Attractions of the Capital 69 Infant Protection Society
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Late Shang Divination Records The questions and answers inscribed on oracle bones
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The Dragon Boat Race 75 Rural Education
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Concubines How concubines were bought the reminiscences of a man for a beloved concubine and an episode from a novel depicting the ploys of a ...
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Widows Loyal Unto Death Accounts from a local history glorifying women who showed loyalty to their dead husbands by killing themselves
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Two Philosophers Letters and conversations of two important thinkers Wang Yangming and Li Zhi
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A Censor Accuses a Eunuch A memorial to the emperor accusing the eunuch Wei Zhongxian of usurping his authority and acting tyrannically
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THE QING DYNASTY
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The Yangzhou Massacre One familys experiences recounted in a diary
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Proverbs About Heaven Standard sayings
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The Metal Bound Box 26 The Tang Legal Code
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Penal Servitude in Qin Law From excavated woodenstrip documents
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the Confucian scholars about the role of the government in economic matters
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Exhortations on Ceremony and Deference A lecture delivered by an official in the hope
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Village Organization 97 Economic Liberalization and
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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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UPPER CLASS AND INTELLECTUALS
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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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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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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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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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THE MING DYNASTY
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Proclamations of the Hongwu Emperor A despots complaints about how difficult it was to get his subjects to act properly
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The Dragon Boat Race A description of the festival as performed in one place in Hunan
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Village Ordinances Sample ordinances a village could adopt
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Commercial Activities Sample contracts an essay on merchants and a biography of an admired one
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What the Weaver Said An artisans view of his work
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Tenants Two contracts specifying the responsibilities of quasihereditary tenantservants on one estate and reports of riots by tenants
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Shi Jin the NineDragoned Episode from a novel describing the background of one outlaw
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Taxes and Labor Service A description of the forms in which taxes and service were assessed in one county
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Tales of Ghosts and Demons 86 Land Reform
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Permanent Property The advice a man gave his sons concerning the importance of owning land and how to manage it
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Lan Dingyuans Casebook Two examples of how an energetic Magistrate solved administrative and legal cases
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of teaching villagers good behavior
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The Village Headman and the New Teacher Episode from a novel about how
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Infant Protection Society An account of one mans efforts to stem infanticide
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The Conditions and Activities of Workers A stone inscription recording official
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THE EARLY TWENTIETH CENTURY
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Ridding China of Bad Customs Proposals for ways to end footbinding suppress
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Rural Education Recollections of a teacher introducing science to a rural school
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The Spirit of the May Fourth Movement Recollections of a woman who had been
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The DogMeat General An account of one of the more incompetent and brutal
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Funeral Processions A description of two funeral processions with a list of
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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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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
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Original Sources
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The Classic of Filial Piety
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