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Heritage of China : contemporary perspectives on Chinese civilization / ed. by Paul S. Ropp; contrib. T. H. Barrett... [et al.]

Coauthor Barrett, T. H. Secondary Author Ropp, Paul S., 1944- Country Estados Unidos. Publication Berkeley : University of California Press, cop. 1990 Description XXI, 369 p. : il. ; 23 cm ISBN 0-520-06441-0 CDU 008(510) 951
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

The thirteen essays in this volume, all by experts in the field of Chinese studies, reflect the diversity of approaches scholars follow in the study of China's past. Together they reveal the depth and vitality of Chinese civilization and demonstrate how an understanding of traditional China can enrich and broaden our own contemporary worldview.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • 1 Western Perceptions of China from the Late Sixteenth Century to the Present
  • 2 Early Civilization in China: Reflections on How it Became Chinese
  • 3 The Evolution of Government in China
  • 4 Sage Kings and Laws in the Chinese and Greek Traditions
  • 5 The Confucian Tradition in Chinese History
  • 6 Religious Traditions in Chinese Civilization
  • 7 Science and Medicine in Chinese History
  • 8 Women, Marriage and the Family in Chinese History
  • 9 Chinese Economic History in Comparative Perspective
  • 10 Modern Chinese Social History in Comparative Perspective
  • 11 Chinese Art and its Impact on the West
  • 12 Poetry in the Chinese Tradition
  • 13 The Distinctive Art of Chinese Fiction

Reviews provided by Syndetics


Because its editor describes this collection of specialists' essays summarizing recent scholarship on Chinese civilization as a supplementary textbook suitable for Chinese history survey courses, university libraries that avoid acquiring textbooks may be tempted to pass it by. That would be a mistake. Though all these essays would make admirable supplementary reading in introductory honors courses, most beginning students might be hard put to absorb more than one or two of them per term. Upper-division and graduate students would, however, find particular essays excellent introductions to new fields, and professors will enjoy them as a painless way to keep up with subspecialties outside their own. Albert Feuerwerker, for example, raises all the issues posed by the most recent work on the interaction of land and labor in late imperial China. Paul Ropp's summary of Andrew Plaks's innovative The Four Masterworks of the Ming Novel (CH, Jan '88) effectively treats fiction. Recommended for university and large public libraries. E. H. Kaplan Western Washington University

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Paul S. Ropp is Associate Professor of History at Clark University.

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