In my attempts to penetrate the Chinese text and its historical context, I
have greatly benefited from Chinese and Japanese scholarship of previous
decades and centuries. The publication of annotated bibliographies of more
than three thousand articles by Chinese authors of the twentieth century, as
well as of more than six hundred monographs by Chinese and Japanese authors
of past centuries, will document the secondary sources I have used.
While our interpretation of the original is reflected in the English version,
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I have taken great care to quote as many consenting and dissenting Chinese
and Japanese views as was feasible.
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