This volume comprises twelve papers written by Chinese scholars on various aspects of the history of ancient Chinese economic thought. The contributions are preceded by an introduction which gives an overview of the development of the subject of history of economic thought in China, and which also provides an historical context to the individuals who constitute the major "schools" of ancient Chinese economic thought.
The authors of the papers are leading scholars who have dominated this research area since the founding of New China in 1949, while the broad range of topics covered by the contributions includes questions of methodology, detailed and sometimes controversial interpretations of texts and "schools", and the international influence and modern relevance of ancient Chinese thought. A recurrent theme is that ancient Chinese thought has at least as much to offer to the historian as ancient Western thought. As the first such volume of papers to be translated into English, this collection provides a unique opportunity for non-Chinese readers to sample the way in which Chinese historians of economics have attempted to understand their own intellectual heritage.
This book will be relevant to scholars interested in the history of economic thought, economic history and Chinese studies.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 236
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 20 mm
"In essence, this is a book that has a lot to offer to those interested in the history of economic thought, economic history, and Chinese studies."
Xiaobing Wang, The University of Manchester
"The great strength of the collection is its function as an anthology of articles representing a particular strand of Chinese academic inquiry in English. For scholars interested in the world history of economic thought, the book is an excellent starting point from which to explore the approach taken by one school of intellectual historians active in China today and an intriguing window on the practice of intellectual history in China."
Brian Vivier, University of Pennsylvania, Journal of the History of Economic Thought
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