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The<i>Zuo Tradition / Zuozhuan</i>Reader: Selections from China's Earliest Narrative History

The<i>Zuo Tradition / Zuozhuan</i>Reader: Selections from China's Earliest Narrative History

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The Zuo Tradition, China's first great work of history, was completed by 300 BCE and recounts events during a period of disunity. A new English translation by Stephen Durrant, Wai-yee Li, and David Schaberg is available in an unabridged, bilingual, three-volume set. This reader arranges key passages from the set according to topic, providing a guide to the study of early Chinese culture and thought. The introduction explains the nature and significance of the text, and section introductions and footnoting provide contextual information. The Zuo Tradition / Zuozhuan Reader appeals to readers interested in Chinese and world history.

Format: Paperback / softback
Length: 320 pages
Publication date: 31 October 2020
Publisher: University of Washington Press


The Zuo Tradition, China's first great work of history, was completed around 300 BCE and chronicles events from 722 to 468 BCE, a period of disunity. This seminal text, foundational to Chinese culture, has been newly translated into English by Stephen Durrant, Wai-yee Li, and David Schaberg in an unabridged, bilingual, three-volume set. This reader organizes key passages from the set by topic, providing a valuable guide to studying early Chinese culture and thought. Chapter subjects encompass succession struggles, women, warfare, ritual propriety, governance, law and punishment, famous statesmen, diplomacy, Confucius and his disciples, dreams and anomalies, and cultural others. An introduction elucidates the nature and significance of the Zuo Zhuan and offers guidance on reading the text. Section introductions and judicious footnoting provide contextual information and shed light on the historical significance and meaning of particular events. The Zuo Tradition / Zuozhuan Reader is a must-have for readers interested in Chinese and world history, enriching their library and personal bookshelves alongside other ancient narratives.

Weight: 438g
Dimension: 152 x 229 x 24 (mm)
ISBN-13: 9780295747750

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