Warring States Papers
Studies in Chinese and Comparative Philology



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Volume 1 (2010)
Print ISSN: 1089-1161
Electronic ISSN: 2155-7446
Volume 1 ISBN: 978-1-936166-01-5 (paper), 11-4 (E-book)
Price: $40 paper, $39 E-book (available May 2015))

Warring States Papers is a repository for leading-edge research in the classical Chinese texts (those dating from the Spring and Autumn and Warring States periods), including related developments in the early Empire, and the historical development which the texts imply. It emphasizes the standard methodology of all text-based historical research, and includes examples of the application of historical and philological methods to texts in other traditions, including Biblical Greek.

In the past, classical China has largely been viewed from the perspective of later Chinese tradition, and not on its own terms. WSP seeks to provide an alternative view, based on early rather than late evidence, and representing a more international perspective. The contents of WSP derive from the work of the Warring States Project at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, from its foundation in 1993 to the present, and of colleagues at other institutions worldwide.

Volume 1 includes a set of papers from a panel at the 1995 New England regional meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, at which the work of the Project and its implications for Sinology were first formally introduced to the scholarly world. Highlights of Volume 1 include contributions on these topics:

  • Word studies in the Spring and Autumn and other texts
  • A statistical study of the Gwodyen text of the Dau/Dv Jing
  • The Shr or Chinese Classic of Poetry
  • The Mwodz
  • The Mencius
  • The slanted historiography of the Dzwo Jwan
  • A comparison of Greek and Chinese multi-state systems

See the complete Table of Contents, including downloadable extracts.

The open access version of WSP v1 will be available at the University's ScholarWorks archive when the print edition is exhausted..


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