Zuo Tradition / Zuozhuan
2400 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:15 Jul 2016

Zuo Tradition / Zuozhuan

Commentary on Spring and Autumn Annals

University of Washington Press
Zuo Tradition (Zuozhuan; sometimes called The Zuo Commentary) is China's first great work of history. It consists of two interwoven texts - the Spring and Autumn Annals (Chunqiu, a terse annalistic record) and a vast web of narratives and speeches that add context and interpretation to the Annals. Completed by about 300 BCE, it has been as important to the foundation and preservation of Chinese culture as the historical books of the Hebrew Bible have been to the Jewish and Christian traditions. This translation, accompanied by the original text with an introduction and annotations, will finally make Zuozhuan accessible to all.
RELATED TOPICS: Asian Studies, China Studies, History
Stephen Durrant is professor of Chinese language and literature at the University of Oregon. He is the coauthor of The Siren and the Sage: Knowledge and Wisdom in Ancient Greece and China. Wai-yee Li is professor of Chinese literature at Harvard University. She is the author of The Readability of the Past in Early Chinese Historiography. David Schaberg is professor of Asian languages and culture at UCLA. He is the author of A Patterned Past: Form and Thought in Early Chinese Historiography.
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