Imperial China, 900-1800

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Imperial China, 900-1800


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IMPERIAL CHINA, 900-1800, Frederick W. Mote, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 2000. 1,107 pages, $39.95.

Frederick W. Mote, an emeritus professor of Chinese history and civilization at Princeton University, has spent more than 50 years teaching and conducting research about China. He is one of the surviving members of the pioneer generation of U.S. Sinologists. He is an accomplished scholar and his research interests and publications have ranged from a bibliography of Japanese puppet governments in China during World War IT to the religious and political symbolism expressed in the physical design of 15th-century Chinese cities.

Mote's best-known book was a brief, less than 200 pages, analytic narrative history of the foundations of Chinese social and political philosophy titled The Intellectual Foundations of China (New York: McGrawHill Higher Education, 1988). He also edited two volumes of The Cambridge History of China (Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press, 1998), the largest project of 20th-- century Western Sinology. …

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