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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

10 December 2019
BBC History Magazine has published its annual list of "History Books of the Year" for 2019 and "Chinese Thought" made the list, at number 31, chosen by Rana Mitter.

The full list is available online at  and Rana Mitter, Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China at the University of Oxford, writes:

"At a time in current affairs when understanding China and the Chinese mindset has become imperative, Roel Sterckx’s Chinese Thought: From Confucius to Cook Ding (Pelican) brilliantly shows us the origins of that country’s thinking. This account, by a leading scholar of traditional Chinese philosophy, analyses the major figures and shows how their viewpoints contrast (for example, Mencius as a believer in innate human goodness, while Xunzi and Han Feizi are sure that humans are basically bad), as well as considering how true it really is that China is still a Confucian society."