The Lore of Cathay: Or, the Intellect of China

The Lore of Cathay: Or, the Intellect of China

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The Lore of Cathay: Or, the Intellect of China

The Lore of Cathay: Or, the Intellect of China

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It is now ten years since Dr. Martin gathered into this volume the results of his long and profound study of the intellectual life of the Chinese. It was the fruit of much original research into the literary, philosophical, edu- cational, and religious history of China. Since then a wonderful decade of change and progress has put out of date much of the current literature concerning China. The rush of events and the swift transformations which have marked the entrance of an ancient and stolid empire into its modern era have been accompanied by overturn- ings which are unexampled in national annals for their rapid consummations, radical reforms, and international sequences.

THE LORE OF CATHAY , however, is still a timely book, since it deals with standard aspects of China's past which are closely related to recent developments; it presents a survey of the higher life of the empire which throws light upon the surprising preparedness of its leading spirits to respond to the opportunities of a new era. The book, therefore, has still an instructive message to pres- ent-day readers in that it gives an intelligent and illu- minating perspective to the tumultuous China of to-day in its awakened energy and phenomenal movement toward its goal of destiny.

It is well for those who are reading the marvellous record of China in transition to look into the secrets of the past greatness of the Chinese, and discover the philo-

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