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229 x 152 mm, 272 pp
English, 2005/01
ISBN: 978-962-996-183-1
Price:US$42.00


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Politics and Conservatism in Northern Song China
The Career and Thought of Sima Guang (A.D.1019-1086)
Xiao-bin Ji
The Chinese University Press

Sima Guang is an important figure in Chinese history and Chinese historiography. Indeed, few students of Chinese history have not heard of the multi-volume Zizhi tongjian compiled by him. He is also well-known for being the opponent of Wang Anshi's New Policies in the Song government. This is the first book on Sima Guang's career and thought in the English language. Dr. Ji traces the development of Sima Guang's political career and analyzes the strength of his conservative ideas. Dr. Ji's investigation sheds new light on the intricate court politics and the ambitious reform movements of the Song dynasty. This book is written in a lively yet scholarly fashion. The carefully translated quotations and the colorful anecdotes not only help to illustrate the main analytical points of this study but also make it fascinating to read.

Xiao-bin Ji received his Ph.D. in East Asian Studies from Princeton University in 1998. His main research interests span the Song period, focusing on politics, institutions and ideas. He has taught Asian history at Rutgers University, Camden, NJ and at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he is currently a visiting researcher in the History Department.

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