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Shang Yang. Edited Yuri and translated by Pines. 2017. The Book of Lord Shang: Apologetics of State Power in Early China. Columbia University Press. Abstract


Compiled in China in the fourth–third centuries B.C.E., The Book of Lord Shang argues for a new powerful government to penetrate society and turn every man into a diligent tiller and valiant soldier. Creating a "rich state and a strong army" will be the first step toward unification of "All-under-Heaven." These ideas served the state of Qin that eventually created the first imperial polity on Chinese soil. In this new translation, The Book of Lord Shang's intellectual boldness and surprisingly modern-looking ideas shine through, underscoring the text's vibrant contribution to global political thought.

The Book of Lord Shang is attributed to the political theorist Shang Yang and his followers. It epitomizes the ideology of China's so-called Legalist School of thought. In the ninety years since the work's previous translation, major breakthroughs in studies of the book's dating and context have recast our understanding of its messages. This edition applies these advances to a whole new reading of the text's content and function in the sociopolitical life of its times and subsequent centuries. This fully annotated translation is ideal for newcomers to the book while also guiding early Chinese scholars and comparatists in placing the work within a timeline of influence. It highlights the text's practical success and its impact on the political thought and political practice in traditional and modern China.


Children in China
Orna Naftali. 2016. Children in China. Polity Press. Abstract

Chinese childhood is undergoing a major transformation. This book explores how

government policies introduced in China over the last few decades and processes of social

and economic change are reshaping the lives of children and the meanings of childhood in

complex, contradictory ways. Drawing on a broad range of literature and original

ethnographic research, Naftali explores the rise of new ideas of child-care, child-vulnerability

and child-agency; the impact of the One-Child Policy; and the emergence of children as

independent consumers in the new market economy. She shows that Chinese boys and

increasingly girls, too are enjoying a new empowerment, a development that has met with

ambiguity and resistance from both caregivers and the state. She also demonstrates how

economic restructuring and the recent waves of rural/urban migration have produced

starkly unequal conditions for children’s education and development both in the countryside

and in the cities. Children in China is essential reading for students and scholars seeking a

deeper understanding of what it means to be a child in contemporary China, as well as for

those concerned with the changing relationship between children, the state and the family

in the global era.

The Archaeology of Early China
Gideon Shelach-Lavi. 2015. The Archaeology of Early China. Cambridge University Press. Abstract

This volume aims to satisfy a pressing need for an updated account of Chinese archaeology. It covers an extended time period from the earliest peopling of China to the unification of the Chinese Empire some two thousand years ago. The geographical coverage includes the traditional focus on the Yellow River basin but also covers China's many other regions. Among the topics covered are the emergence of agricultural communities; the establishment of a sedentary way of life; the development of sociopolitical complexity; advances in lithic technology, ceramics, and metallurgy; and the appearance of writing, large-scale public works, cities, and states. Particular emphasis is placed on the great cultural variations that existed among the different regions and the development of interregional contacts among those societies.

Ideology of Power and Power of Ideology in Early China
2015. Ideology of Power and Power of Ideology in Early China. Bilingual Edition. Leiden: Brill Academic Pub.
Children, Rights and Modernity in China: Raising Self-Governing Citizens

A timely, original study of the emergence of a new type of thinking about children and their rights in contemporary urban China, which draws on diverse evidence from Chinese government, academic, media, and pedagogic publications, as well as on participant observation and interviews in two primary schools and among elite and middle class families in Shanghai, China. Drawing on rich, ethnographic data, this book debunks many popular and scholarly stereotypes about the predominance of Confucian ideas of parental authority in China or about the indifference to individual human rights in the political and public culture of the PRC. This book also recognizes the complexities and conflicts that exist in Chinese discourses about and practices toward children, as older ideas of filiality, neoliberal ideologies, and the new awareness of children's right to privacy, to expressing their views, and to protection against violence compete and collude in complicated, often contradictory ways.

Innovations and Turning Points: Toward a History of Kavya Literature
Yigal Bronner, David Shulman, and Gary Tubb. 2014. Innovations and Turning Points: Toward a History of Kavya Literature. 1st ed. New Delhi, India: Oxford University Press.
Israel's Foreign Relations: Selected Documents, - Primary Source Edition
Japan's Multilayered Democracy
Sigal Ben-Rafael Galanti, Nissim Kadosh Otmazgin, and Alon Levkowitz. 2014. Japan's Multilayered Democracy. Lanham: Lexington Books.
Meditations on Authority
2014. Meditations on Authority. The Hebrew University Magnes Press.
Nomads as Agents of Cultural Change: The Mongols and Their Eurasian Predecessors
Prehistoric Societies on the Northern Frontiers of China: Archaeological Perspectives on Identity Formation and Economic Change During the First ...
Translation in Asia: Theories, Practices, Histories
Ben-Ami Shillony - Collected Writings: 3
Ben-Ami Shillony. 2013. Ben-Ami Shillony - Collected Writings: 3. Routledge.
Birth of an Empire: The State of Qin Revisited
2013. Birth of an Empire: The State of Qin Revisited. Global, Area, and International Archive.
A Classical Tibetan Reader: Selections from Renowned Works with Custom Glossaries
Popular Culture and the State in East and Southeast Asia
Popular Culture Co-Productions and Collaborations in East and Southeast Asia
Qaidu and the Rise of the Independent Mongol State In Central Asia
Regionalizing Culture: The Political Economy of Japanese Popular Culture in Asia
Nissim Kadosh Otmazgin. 2013. Regionalizing Culture: The Political Economy of Japanese Popular Culture in Asia. Honolulu: Univ of Hawaii Press.
The Everlasting Empire: The Political Culture of Ancient China and Its Imperial Legacy
Yuri Pines. 2012. The Everlasting Empire: The Political Culture of Ancient China and Its Imperial Legacy. Princeton N.J. Princeton University Press.