Warring States Papers

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The Project's Sinological journal Warring States Papers, and its New Testament little sister Alpha, make available, in conveniently citable form, some of the material developed and discussed in the Project study group and its wider acquaintance circle, including the Warring States Project's distributed Notes and Queries, its Conferences and its E-mail dialogue, going back to 1993 and now constituting a sizable body of significant results, as well as relevant new research from scholars around the world. WSP first appeared in 2012, and despite delays will be on an annual schedule thereafter.

Warring States Papers seeks to apply standard philological methods to major unsolved textual problems: (a) to establish the nature and interrelations of the texts, including the recognition of interpolations and of text growth generally; (b) to date the texts or their constituent layers; and finally (c) to read the history of the period from that newly available source material. In both fields, with their core of culturally protected texts, these fundamental preliminaries have tended to be overlooked. The Project's revolution, in both its fields of concern, has consisted in large part of not overlooking them. Once the basic questions have been asked and at least in part answered, the history of each period is more readily available for further study as such, and for comparison with similar developments both ancient and modern. New contributions developing this methodologically fresh beginning are welcome. To encourage them, and to ensure variety in each annual volume, the journal emphasizes short articles rather than long disquisitions.

Information. Here is the basic background information for WSP:

Volumes. Sample papers from current and future volumes, and latest information on release dates, may be found here:

After the print edition is exhausted, the full contents of each volume will be available in permanent free-access form at the University's ScholarWorks archive, as well as on some outside databases.

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