• Xiaoqun Wu


In the introduction, the author explains the purpose, method, and content of the book, including the following three aspects: reasons for conducting comparative historical studies, ritual as a research angle, and methodology. The author proposes three basic principles for the study of comparative history. First, comparative history should not involve any value judgement, nor adopt a position of defending the researcher’s own culture as a point of comparison. Second, comparative study is not simply an attempt to identify specific differences and commonalities between two civilizations. Third, comparative studies should not attempt to derive easy and arbitrary conclusions through lists of phenomena or mechanistic analogies, but should be based on careful analysis.


Ritual Comparison Methodology Archaic & Classical Greece Pre-Qin China 


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