Statecraft and Classical Learning

The Rituals of Zhou in East Asian History

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Statecraft and Classical Learning is devoted to the Rituals of Zhou, one of the ancient Chinese Classics. In addition to its canonical stature in classical learning, the massive text was of unique significance to the pre-modern statecraft of China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam where it served as the classical paradigm for government structure and was often invoked in movements of political reform. The present volume, with contributions from twelve leading North American, European, and East Asian scholars, is the first in any language to illuminate the Rituals in both dimensions. It presents a multi-faceted and fascinating picture of the life of the text from its inception some two millennia ago to its modern political and scholarly discourse.
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Biographical Note

Benjamin Elman, Ph.D. (1980) in Oriental Studies, University of Pennsylvania, is Professor of East Asian Studies and History at Princeton University. He has published widely on Chinese intellectual history, the history of education, and the history of science in China.
Martin Kern, Ph.D. (1996) in Chinese Studies, Cologne University (Germany), is Professor of East Asian Studies at Princeton University. He has published extensively in the fields of ancient Chinese literature, history, and religion.

Review Quotes

'Although the quality of all the essays is quite good, those that focus on the late imperial period and beyond China are particularly effective in emphasizing the Zhouli’s importance to Chinese notions of statecraft.'
Keith N. Knapp, The Journal of Asian Studies, 70/1 (2011)

Table of contents

Introduction - Benjamin A. Elman and Martin Kern
Early China
1. The Zhouli as Constitutional Text - David Schaberg
2. Offices of Writing and Reading in the Rituals of Zhou - Martin Kern
3. The Many Dukes of Zhou in Early Sources - Michael Nylan
4. Centering the Realm: Wang Mang, the Zhouli, and Early Chinese Statecraft - Michael Puett
5. Zheng Xuan’s Commentary on the Zhouli - Andrew H. Plaks
II. Medieval China
6. The Role of the Zhouli in Seventh- and Eighth-Century Civil Administrative Traditions - David McMullen
7. Wang Anshi and the Zhouli - Peter K. Bol
8. Tension and Balance: Changes of Constitutional Schemes in Southern Song Commentaries on the Rituals of Zhou - Jaeyoon Song
III. Early Modern East Asia
9. Tokugawa Approaches to the Rituals of Zhou: The Late Mito School and Feudalism” - Kate Wildman Nakai
10. Yun Hyu and the Search for Dominance: A Seventeenth-Century Korean Reading of the Offices of Zhou and the Rituals of Zhou - JaHyun Kim Haboush
11. The Story of a Chapter: Changing Views of the “Artificer’s Record” (“Kaogong ji”) and the Zhouli - Benjamin A. Elman
IV. Modern China
12. The Zhouli as the Late Qing Path to the Future - Rudolf G. Wagner
13. Denouement: Some Conclusions about the Zhouli - Rudolf G. Wagner
Bibliography
Index

Readership

All those interested in Chinese classical learning and its impact in East Asia, the history of statecraft in ancient China and early modern China, Japan, and Korea.

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