Warring States Publications
Ancient China in Context
The transition from the Chinese classical period to the Chinese Empire in 221 BC was a centuries-long process of state rebuilding, law creation, and war. From this turbulent background of autocracy within and conflict without, there emerged the philosophies of China's Golden Age of Thought, whose literary expression is one of the treasures of the world cultural heritage.
A full understanding of the period and its philosophy has long been hampered by uncertainty about the nature and date of these classical texts. To this problem, Bruce and Taeko Brooks, principals of the Warring States Project at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, bring the fruits of decades of research. Worldwide scholarly reaction to the first proposal for this and a parallel book series was enthusiastic. Of the two, the series Ancient China in Context is meant for first-acquaintance readers, from undergraduates to professionals in other fields. First to be released is a general survey, The Emergence of China, which weaves together the contributions of the major schools of thought into an account of the creation of the Chinese Empire. Several companion volumes will follow, highlighting an aspect of that history as viewed from the perspective of one major text or personality.
Volumes presently planned for Ancient China in Context, in chronological order by subject and with tentative release dates, are:
- Confucius: Man, Myth, and Movement (August 2017)
- Master Sun: China's Oldest Military Manual (August 2015)
- No More War: The Mician Peace Movement in Ancient China (August 2016)
- Dau/Dv Jing: Mystical Statecraft in Ancient China (August 2014)
- The Emergence of China: From Confucius to the Empire (August 2013)
Detailed descriptions are available at the above pages, which also include an order link for books whose publication has been announced.
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