The Hawai'i Reader in Traditional Chinese Culture is a collection of more than ninety primary sources of cultural significance from the Bronze Age to the turn of the twentieth century. Each selection, all but a few of which were translated specifically for this volume, is preceded by a brief introduction that (where pertinent) identifies its author, establishes the context, and raises important issues and questions. Together they take into account virtually every aspect of traditional culture, including sources from the non-Sinitic ethnic minorities. Moreover, they incorporate recently excavated materials that have revolutionized the study of Chinese thought, society, and literature, not only making the Reader as up-to-date as possible, but also presenting Chinese civilization more accurately than permitted by reliance on canonical texts alone. Edited by three highly respected senior scholars, the chosen texts capture the complexity of the Chinese cultural mosaic, among them selections on such topics as agriculture, art and architecture, biography, Buddhism, Confucianism, courtly and daily life, culinary arts, Daoism, death and funerary rites, economics and commerce, education, folklore and popular religion, government, language, law, literature, medicine, military affairs and martial arts, music, politics, regional cultures, science, textiles and clothing, travel, and women. An attractive and unusual feature of the Reader is the inclusion of several maps and 117 color plates that complement the text and, with their extensive and informative captions, are themselves a valuable source of primary data. Unique in the breadth of its coverage and in the variety of the texts it presents, the Hawai'i Reader in Traditional Chinese Culture is ideal for undergraduate courses on the history, culture, and society of premodern China.
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