The Glory of Yue

An Annotated Translation of the Yuejue shu


The Glory of Yue is the first translation into any Western language of the Yuejue shu, a collection of essays on history, literature, religion, architecture, economic thought, military science, and philosophy related to the ancient kingdoms of Wu and Yue, in present day eastern China. This book consists of sixteen chapters, together with three additional chapters of explanation written by the compilers in approximately 25 CE. This translation is presented with copious annotations and explanations, linking the concepts discussed with the development of the mainstream Chinese cultural tradition, and draws on both modern Western and Chinese exegesis, as well as archeological discoveries, to elucidate this highly complex and unjustly neglected text.

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Biographical Note

Olivia Milburn, Ph.D. (2003) in Chinese historical fiction from the School of Oriental and African Studies, is now Professor of Chinese at Seoul National University. She has published extensively on early Chinese history, focusing on the kingdoms of Wu and Yue.


All those interested in historical fiction, Chinese popular religion, economic and social history, architectural history, Chinese relations with ethnic minority groups, philosophy, South-East Asian culture, and Chinese regional archaeology.

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