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The Rituals of Zhou became one of the nine Confucian Classics during the Tang dynasty. This chapter provides an overview of the book which is the result of a series of three workshops, capped by a final conference in December 2006. The book a description of the diverse modes of appropriation over the centuries and across the East Asian region, which loosely define the Rituals of Zhou in light of the uses made of it. Every author attempts to identify how the Rituals entered into each era's debates about premodern East Asian statecraft, which we define broadly as the concern for establishing sociopolitical, economic, and cultural order in the world. The book also explores what those debates were about and how the Rituals related rhetorically to competing arguments from other texts concerning how such order could be best achieved.

Keywords: East Asia; Rituals of Zhou; Tang dynasty



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