Berkeley: University of California Press, 1989. First Edition. Hardcover. Used - Fine. New condition. Index. 593 pp. / Very good. Item #5863
In the early days of the modernization of East Asia, Neo-Confucianism was often held responsible for the purported intellectual, political, and social failings of traditional societies in the nineteenth century. Today, with frequent comparisons between the rapid success at modernization of many of these societies and the slowness of other underdeveloped countries, Neo-Confucianism has come to be seen under a very different light; analysts now point to the common Confucian culture of China, Japan, Korea, and overseas Chinese communities as a driving force in the East Asian peoples' receptivity to new learning, disciplined industriousness, and capacity for both cultural and economic development.Central to this remarkable capacity for development, these essays argue, lies the influence of the great twelfth-century thinker Chu Hsi.