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“It is a stunning instance of the Confucian commentarial culture at its most sensible. Tu manages to explain the unique textual content whereas development on it in new and fascinating methods. He has a transparent grab of the internal common sense that's the engine of Chung yung's concept, and better of all, he's capable of converse it essentially in his personal textual content. it truly is very unlikely to contemplate educating a category in early Confucian idea with no recommending this booklet. If it have been a graduate category, Centrality and Commonality must be required studying. (Because) it's terribly lucid a couple of very tough subject, i would not hesitate to take advantage of this ebook in an undergraduate classification (as well).” — Warren G. Frisina, Rice University

“This type of interpretative essay is strictly what's had to convince Western philosophers and normal humanists to take the chinese language texts heavily as a source for substitute conceptual buildings. Tu's major contribution lies within the caliber of his perception into the real ameliorations among 'person,' as outlined within the Confucian context, and the dominant Western understandings. Given the benefit with which it reads, i'd aim this paintings for lecture room use.”
— Roger T. Ames, collage of Hawaii

“Tu is to be recommended for bringing the wealthy assets of chinese language notion and tradition into the midst of contemporary discussions that at the same time surround and go beyond various cultures and their values in the scope of universal human matters. He boldly confronts the seminal predicament of our instances and amply demonstrates his skill to deliver an insightful, inventive mind to endure upon the questions posed. additionally, his intensity of private dedication to the topic is particularly a lot in facts and enriches this scholarly examine with a distinct measurement of human-ness.” — Sandra A. Wawrytko, San Diego country University

“Tu amplifies and clarifies the most important styles of inspiration within the textual content and succeeds in interweaving them right into a richly textured and holistic Confucian Weltanschauung. i admire the publication since it is provocative. Tu's interpretation demanding situations the traditional knowledge that Confucianism is a simply rational and secular moral method. His sort is lucid—although the topic is either advanced and difficult—and any clever normal reader may benefit from the paintings and study an excellent deal.” — Leo S. Chang, Harvard collage

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Major earthquake at Zhengzhou, 7th mo. Meng Zhixiang murders Li Yan in Shu Tang court invests King of Chu xxxiv chronology 928 Wang Yanqiu routs Khitan Gao Conghui succeeds Jixing as Nanping governor, winter Tang invests Min ruler as king Chu armies rout Nanping 930 (changxing 1) Shu magnates Dong Zhang and Meng Zhixiang rebel, 9th mo. Ma Xisheng succeeds Yin at Chu Tang commander Shi Jingtang fails to subdue Shu, 12th mo. 931 Tang court executes An Chonghui and cohort, 5th mo. Earthquake at Taiyuan, 6th mo.

Annotation for terms and techniques suggests a philological precociousness centuries ahead of its time, as does the author’s empiricist rigor as reflected in strict standards for representing people and events. On the other hand, the Historical Records is a quintessentially and conservatively Confucian work. Both narrative and commentary are manipulated to maximize moral lessons. A conservative message is further reflected in the celebration of Chinese heroes, denigration of the “barbarian” other, and rhetoric against assertive women, bankrupt politics, and eroding family values.

In his concluding commentary to the “Annals of Liang” in the Historical Records, Ouyang Xiu personally alludes to a controversy now some years old: “Ever since Later Tang times, a world long despising the Liang had largely deemed the dynasty illegitimate. ” He then proceeds with a brief presentation of the negative criticisms in order to dispute them, one after another. Without question, this commentary in chapter 2 was written many years after his controversial essay of 1040, which had coincided with the initial drafting of the Historical Records.

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