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Chinese Thought and Institutions (Phoenix Books) (edition 1967)

by John K. Fairbank

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Title:Chinese Thought and Institutions (Phoenix Books)
Authors:John K. Fairbank
Info:University of Chicago Press (1967), Edition: Rev Ed, Paperback, 451 pages
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Tags:cultural history, ancient China

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Chinese Thought and Institutions (Phoenix Books) by John K. Fairbank



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According to the introduction this collection of writings prepares the ground for making sense of Chinese political phenomena in terms meaningful to modern social science. I do not think it really comes close to achieving that goal. The contributions are well-written pieces, but they deal with disparate topics and events that are hundreds of years, if not millennia, apart. I liked the essays on the examination system and the relationship between chinese religion and confucianism, but the others were too heavy on uninteresting detail. So as usual for multi-author books, there were not any particularly great insights to be found in this one.
  thcson | Aug 27, 2013 |
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