The book provides an introduction to medieval China and the silk road focusing on the content, form, and significance of the manuscripts discovered at Dunhuang. It is intended for general readers, students, and teachers—especially those who do not read classical Chinese or who lack direct access to the primary sources and the considerable body of modern scholarship written in Chinese and Japanese. This book takes the reader through the primary sources, placing them in the context of Chinese history, the interaction of cultures along medieval trade routes, and the discipline of history of the book. This book is also designed to introduce the full range of subjects covered in the Dunhuang documents to readers who may have begun with a more specialized interest, such as Chinese literature, manuscript culture, Buddhist studies and religion, or the history of Chinese science.
This is an English translation and revised edition of the original by Hao Chunwen 郝春文, Shishi xiejing: Dunhuang yishu 石室写经:敦煌遗书 (2007). The translation was published late in 2020, but, owing to complications of the pandemic, is only now readily available.
Publication details: Dunhuang Manuscripts: An Introduction to Texts from the Silk Road, by HAO Chunwen, translated by Stephen F. Teiser. Diamond Bar, CA: Portico Press, 2000. ISBN: 978-1-60633-585-7. xiv + 332 pages. 149 color illustrations. Hardcover. $39.95.
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The preface and table of contents may be accessed on the FROGBEAR website.