Ancient China in Context

Distributed by the University of Massachusetts Press for the Warring States Project

The transition from the Chinese classical period to the Chinese empire was a centuries-long process of state rebuilding, law creation, and war. From this background of conflict emerged the philosophies of the Golden Age of Chinese thought, whose literary expression is one of the treasures of the world cultural heritage. But a full understanding of the period and its philosophy has long been hampered by uncertainty about the nature and date of the classical texts themselves. To this problem, E. Bruce and A. Taeko Brooks, principals of the Warring States Project at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, now bring the results of decades of research, which will be published in this new series. Further information can be found at:

Manuscript Submissions

Please direct manuscript inquiries to:

E. Bruce Brooks

Series Editors

Alvin P. Cohen
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Donald E. Gjertson
University of Massachusetts Amherst

E. Bruce Brooks
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Editorial Board

Stephen W. Durrant
University of Oregon

Dennis Grafflin
Bates College

Eric Henry
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

John B. Henderson
Louisiana State University

Huan Saussy
Yale University

Raphael Sealey
University of California, Berkeley

Advisory Board

Stephen C. Angle
Wesleyan University

Barry B. Blakeley
Seton Hall University

Eldon Jay Epp
Case Western Reserve University

David Gentile
EMC Corporation

Richard P. Martin
Stanford University

Paul Ropp
Clark University

Karen Turner
Holy Cross College

Michael Witzel
Harvard University

Books in the Series (arranged by year of publication)

[node-title] The Emergence of China
From Confucius to the Empire