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International Law as World Order in Late Imperial China

Translation, Reception and Discourse, 1847-1911

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Rune Svarverud

This is the first systematic analysis of the early introduction and reception of international law as a Western political and legal science in China. International law in late imperial China is studied both as part of the introduction of the Western sciences and as a theoretical orientation in international affairs between 1847 and 1911. The first chapters serve the purpose of analysing the political, institutional, intellectual and linguistic process of adapting the theories of international law to the Chinese context language. The second major part of the book is dedicated to the discourse on China and world order within this framework.
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Methods of the Way

Early Chinese Ethical Thought

Rune Svarverud

In the second century B.C. the Chinese political philosopher Jia Yi allegedly composed his Daoshu (Methods of the way). In this work he describes the early development of terms for proper comportment, and it would eventually turn out to be an important source for our knowledge of the early development of Chinese ethical thought. The author of this new study, Rune Svarverud, defines a set of 112 key terms of early Chinese ethics in the text Daoshu.
The second part is devoted to an annotated translation of the Daoshu chapter, followed by a detailed analysis of the development of these ethical terms. In the first part the author deals with the textual authenticity and transmission. This work is an important contribution to our understanding of the roles of ethics in early China.