Warring States Publications
The New Chinese Classics
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 New Chinese Classics, intended for the scholar and the serious general reader, present extended analyses of major classical texts: the Chun/Chyou, the Shr, the Yi (or more precisely, its simpler precursor), the Sundz and other military texts, the Mician antiwar writings, and the meditation texts including the famous Dau/Dv Jing. Chronologically last in the series is a collaborative volume on the Shr Ji, a Han text which for better or worse is vital to the understanding of the classical period.
Volumes presently planned for The New Chinese Classics, in chronological order by subject and with tentative release dates, are:
Spring and Autumn: The Chinese World Before Confucius (September 2014)
Rhymes and Reasons: The Chinese Classic of Poetry (February 2017)
Before the Yi: China's First Divination Manual (February 2018)
Arts of War: Master Sun and His Successors February 2015)
Waging Peace: The Mician Program for Ancient China (August 2016)
Quiet Ways: The Dau/Dv Jing and its Contemporaries (March 2014)
First Historian of China: Szma Tan and the Shr Ji (November 2015)
The Hundred Voices: An Intellectual History of Ancient China (November 2019)
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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