AAS 2007
War and Peace in Early China
Moderator: E Bruce Brooks, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
AAS Convention, Boston, Saturday 24 March 2007

The King of Ywe Plotting Vengeance Against Wu

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The Wars of Wu and Ywe

The modern picture of the early coastal states Wu and Ywe consists in large part of vignettes from their mutual warfare of extermination, which make up some of the more memorable pages of the Jan-gwo Tsv and the Shr Ji. If we move beyond these sensationalistic accounts, do we get a more balanced picture? We must begin by asking what we can reliably know about the early history of Wu and Ywe, and how that history evolved into myth over time. The following papers focus on some of the problems with the sources for the history and culture of Wu and Ywe.

E Bruce Brooks
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
The Bamboo Annals and the History of Ywe

Eric Henry
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The Ywe Jywe Shu

Stephen Durrant
University of Oregon
The Wu/Ywe Chun/Chyou

*Steve is prevented by schedule constraints from delivering his paper as planned. His abstract is retained as a suggestion for open discussion by those attending the panel.

The Micians and War

The school of Mwodz originally opposed war as a quirk of the ruling class, but ruinous to the livelihood of ordinary citizens. That position was later modified, and the Micians themselves went into the war business, albeit on the defensive side. This put them in opposition, not to the warmaking elite, but to the ultimately successful unification process. The following papers focus on different aspects of that long evolution, from texts in different parts of the huge Mician corpus.

Don Wyatt
Middlebury College
The Philosophy of Peace (MZ 17-19)

A Taeko Brooks
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
The Impact of Defense (MZ 51-71); full text is also available

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