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New model examines China’s origins


For thousands of years, the origins of states and the formation of power have been questions that occupied philosophers. With the rise of modern scientific archaeology and anthropology, scholars began to use archaeological and ethnological materials to explain ancient societies, and formed a series of explanatory models. However, although China is o...


Knowing ancient views on women via classics

Author:   CHEN QITAI      

The Book of Changes, the Book of Rites and the Book of Songs are arguably the three most classical works of literature in ancient China. Their rich materials offer insight into ancient lifestyles. However, most research on the three classics concentrate on their ideology, value systems, customs and rites, and cultural influence, while few examined w...

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Seeking the essence of language through practical philosophy

Author:   LI XIANLE      

Introspection and investigation on the essence of language is an important task and research orientation in the academic community. In the course of its development there have emerged different schools of thoughts. Finding ways to categorize these outcomes can promote clearer understanding of linguistic essence and more deepened research on related ...


Cultural transformations in the Micro Era

Author:   YANG YUJING      

The Micro Era in the book refers to the social context in which microblogs, micro movies, micro fictions and other forms of mass media and art have gone viral through the Internet, laptops and smart phones.


Farmers in an age of transformation

Author:   Wang Donglian      

Ever since the 1980s, China has been transforming from a traditional agricultural society to a modernized, industrialized and urbanized society. It is no exaggeration to say that more changes have taken place in this time than in the past 5,000 years. The universal law of social development indicates that urbanization is a spontaneous migration proc...


Between tradition and the modern world

Author:   Rao Tao      

Between Tradition and the Modern World reflects over 20 years’ effort by Li Zonggui. The book consists of three parts: literature, philosophy and Confucianism. He analyzed the methodology and values in the process of cultural modernization from the perspective of philosophical reflection and cultural reconstruction.

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Zhang Zhidong and the education transformation

Author:   Ji Jianqing      

In the annals of Chinese academic history, Zhang Zhidong is not an eminent figure. He was more defined as a politician than a scholar. In Chinese traditions, academics had close ties with politics, education and ethics. Pushed by modernization and ideas from the West, Chinese academics after the late Qing Dynasty became divorced from the conventiona...


Qian Mu’s personalized version of Chinese literary history

Author:   Liu Yingtuan      

Qian Mu (1918-1990), formerly romanized as Ch’ien Mu, was a master of classical Chinese humanities who was knowledgeable not only in history and philosophy, but also in art and society. However, his favorite field was Chinese literature. He taught history of Chinese literature twice at the New Asia College in Hong Kong, spanning the period from aut...


Ming Dynasty changes preceded Qing upheaval

Author:   Huang Jingbin      

“Perhaps we have paid too much attention to the Opium War, and simply regarded it as the event that suddenly brought the Chinese nation challenges from the outside world, while we belittled the ‘changes before this change,’” said Fan Shuzhi in Transformation in the Late Ming Dynasty. Fan means to emphasize the impact of social changes that happe...


Aesthetics throughout Chinese history

Author:   Zhu Shuai      

History of Chinese Aesthetics represents the fruit of a massive undertaking that took a group of aestheticians from Peking University eight years to complete. The book is divided into eight volumes according to different time periods in Chinese history ranging from Pre-Qin times to modern China.

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Why Yang Jiang is revered today

Yang Jiang, born Yang Jikang in 1911 in Beijing, was a Chinese playwright, writer and translator. She grew up in Jian...

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