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Overview

The doyen of Confucian studies in America here constructs a magisterial overview of 3,000 years of East Asian civilizations, principally in the form of dialogues among the major systems of thought that have dominated the Asian world's historical development.
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Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Times Book Review

A short and hugely informative book for the layperson...Like a wise lecturer, de Bary brings the reader along to a fresh and rewarding comparison of Eastern and Western ways of thinking—and what the differences mean to us today...In the process, he has also written a succinct and valuable guide to the culture by which East Asia still lives.
— Frank Gibney

Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies

The work is the personal manifesto of a scholar who is master of the broad overview and bold generalization which is the essence of profound erudition, and who knows that a properly chosen detail can highlight a given topic more boldly than a lengthy argument.
— Martina Deuchler

Journal of Asian Studies

Bears the unmistakable imprint of de Bary's erudition and bristles with provocative insights and useful comparisons...de Bary has done an excellent job.
— Richard J. Smith

Los Angeles Times Book Review - Frank Gibney
A short and hugely informative book for the layperson...Like a wise lecturer, de Bary brings the reader along to a fresh and rewarding comparison of Eastern and Western ways of thinking--and what the differences mean to us today...In the process, he has also written a succinct and valuable guide to the culture by which East Asia still lives.
Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies - Martina Deuchler
The work is the personal manifesto of a scholar who is master of the broad overview and bold generalization which is the essence of profound erudition, and who knows that a properly chosen detail can highlight a given topic more boldly than a lengthy argument.
Journal of Asian Studies - Richard J. Smith
Bears the unmistakable imprint of de Bary's erudition and bristles with provocative insights and useful comparisons...de Bary has done an excellent job.
Journal of Asian Studies
Bears the unmistakable imprint of de Bary's erudition and bristles with provocative insights and useful comparisons...de Bary has done an excellent job.
— Richard J. Smith
Los Angeles Times Book Review
A short and hugely informative book for the layperson...Like a wise lecturer, de Bary brings the reader along to a fresh and rewarding comparison of Eastern and Western ways of thinking--and what the differences mean to us today...In the process, he has also written a succinct and valuable guide to the culture by which East Asia still lives.
— Frank Gibney
Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies
The work is the personal manifesto of a scholar who is master of the broad overview and bold generalization which is the essence of profound erudition, and who knows that a properly chosen detail can highlight a given topic more boldly than a lengthy argument.
— Martina Deuchler
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674224063
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1991
  • Series: Edwin O. Reischauer Lectures Series
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 178
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Wm. Theodore de Bary is John Mitchell Mason Professor of the University, Emeritus and Provost, Emeritus of Columbia University.
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