Sources of Chinese Tradition: Volume 1: From Earliest Times to 1600

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-- Yingshih Yü, Gordon Wu 1958 Professor of Chinese Studies and professor of history, Princeton University
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Wm. Theodore de Bary is John Mitchell Mason Professor Emeritus and provost emeritus of Columbia University, where he currently holds the title of Special Service Professor. He is the author of many books, including Waiting for the Dawn, Message of the Mind, and Learning for One's Self, and the editor of Sources of Japanese Tradition and Sources of Korean Tradition, as well as (with Tu Weiming) Confucianism and Human Rights, all published by Columbia.

Irene Bloom is Wm. Theodore and Fanny de Bary and Class of 1941 Associate Professor of Asian Humanities at Columbia University, associate professor and chair of the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures at Barnard College, and program director of the Columbia University Committee on Asia and the Middle East. She is the editor and translator of Knowledge Painfully Acquired: The K'un-chih chi of Lo Ch'in-shun and editor, with Joshua A. Fogel, of Meeting of Minds, both published by Columbia.



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Columbia University Press
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Aug 5, 1999
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Pages
1040
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9780231517980
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English
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Contributors: Paul Anderer, Columbia University · Irene Bloom ·Wm Theodore de Bary, Columbia University · Wing-tsit Chan · Rachel E. Chung, Columbia University · JaHyun Haboush, Columbia University · C. T. Hsia, Columbia University · Michael C. Kalton, University of Washington · Donald Keene, Columbia University · James Mirollo, Columbia University · Haruo Shirane, Columbia University · Robert A. F. Thurman, American Institute of Buddhist Studies · Conrad Schirokauer, City University of New York · Mary Evelyn Tucker, Yale University · Paul Varley, Columbia University · Franciscus Verellen, École française d'Extrême-Orient · Burton Watson · Philip Yampolsky, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
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