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Unearthing the Changes: Recently Discovered Manuscripts of the  Yi Jing ( I Ching) and Related Texts

by Edward L. Shaughnessy Columbia University Press (April 15, 2014)

In recent years, three ancient manuscripts relating to the Yi jing (I Ching), or Classic of Changes, have been discovered. The earliest—the Shanghai Museum Zhou Yi—dates to about 300 B.C.E. and shows evidence...


Exemplary Women of Early China: The  Lienü zhuan of Liu Xiang

by Anne Behnke Kinney Columbia University Press (January 28, 2014)

When should a woman disobey her father, contradict her husband, or shape the policy of a ruler? According to the Lienü zhuan, or Categorized Biographies of Women, it is not only appropriate but necessary for...


The Art of War: Sun Zi's Military Methods

by Sun Zi & Victor H. Mair Columbia University Press (November 08, 2007)

Compiled during the Warring States period of 475-221 B.C., The Art of War is the first known attempt to formulate a rational basis for the planning and conduct of military operations. Named the #1 translation...


The Shorter Columbia Anthology of Traditional Chinese Literature

by Victor H. Mair Columbia University Press (January 03, 2001)

With its fresh translations by newer voices in the field, its broad scope, and its flowing style, this anthology places the immense riches of Chinese literature within easy reach. Ranging from the beginnings...


The Huainanzi: A Guide to the Theory and Practice of Government in Early Han China, by Liu An, King of Huainan

by Michael Puett, Judson Murray, Sarah A. Queen & John S. Major et al. Columbia University Press (April 14, 2010)

Compiled by scholars at the court of Liu An, king of Huainan, in the second century B.C.E, The Huainanzi is a tightly organized, sophisticated articulation of Western Han philosophy and statecraft. Outlining...


The Essential Huainanzi

by An Li, King of Huainan, Sarah A. Queen, John S. Major & Andrew Seth Meyer et al. Columbia University Press (March 20, 2012)

Columbia University Press’s widely anticipated, complete translation of the Huainanzi, published in 2010, opened exciting new pathways in the study of classical Chinese philosophy and literature. Compiled...


Mencius

by Mencius, Irene Bloom, D. C. Lau & Philip J. Ivanhoe Columbia University Press (September 01, 2009)

Known throughout East Asia as Mengzi, or "Master Meng," Mencius (391-308 B.C.E.) was a Chinese philosopher of the late Zhou dynasty, an instrumental figure in the spread of the Confucian tradition, and a brilliant...


The Analects of Confucius

by Burton Watson Columbia University Press (August 17, 2007)

Compiled by disciples of Confucius in the centuries following his death in 479 B.C.E., The Analects of Confucius is a collection of aphorisms and historical anecdotes embodying the basic values of the Confucian...