"This culture of ours" : intellectual transitions in Tʼang and Sung China /

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Author / Creator:Bol, Peter Kees.
Imprint:Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1992.
Description:1 online resource (x, 519 pages) : illustrations, map
Subject:HISTORY -- Asia -- China.
Intellectual life.
Intellectuele vorming.
Vie intellectuelle -- Histoire.
Geistesgeschichte 221 v. Chr.-960.
China -- Intellectual life -- 221 B.C.-960 A.D.
China -- Intellectual life -- 960-1644.
Chine -- Histoire.
Chine -- 618-907 (Dynastie des T'ang)
Chine -- 960-1279 (Dynastie des Song)
Chine -- Vie intellectuelle -- 960-1644.
Chine -- Vie intellectuelle.
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Electronic books.
Format: E-Resource Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/11307021
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Notes:Includes bibliographical references (pages 449-481) and index.
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Summary:This book traces the shared culture of the Chinese elite from the seventh to the twelfth centuries. The early T'ang definition of 'This Culture of Ours' combined literary and scholarly traditions from the previous five centuries. The late Sung Neo-Confucian movement challenged that definition. The author argues that the Tang-Sung transition is best understood as a transition from a literary view of culture - in which literary accomplishment and mastery of traditional forms were regarded as essential - to the ethical orientation of Neo-Confucianism, in which the cultivation of one's innate moral ability was regarded as the goal of learning. The author shows that this transformation paralleled the collapse of the T'ang order and the restoration of a centralized empire under the Sung, underscoring the connection between elite formation and political institutions.
Other form:Print version: Bol, Peter Kees. "This culture of ours". Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1992 0804719209