Reviews XIII, edited by
Victor H. Mair, Professor of Chinese Language and Literature Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations University of Pennsylvania
The first issue of Sino-Platonic Papers (SPP), entitled “The Need for an Alphabetically Arranged General Usage Dictionary of Mandarin Chinese: A Review Article of Some Recent Dictionaries and Current Lexicographical Projects,” appeared in February of 1986. Three things are noteworthy about that first issue of SPP:
1. It served as a manifesto that culminated in the ABC series of user-friendly, single sort, alphabetically ordered dictionaries for the study of Chinese that is published by the University of Hawaii Press.
2. It was in essence and in fact a review issue. 3. It came out a quarter of a century ago this month.
In the years that followed, twelve more issues of SPP appeared that were devoted entirely to reviews. This shows the great importance that we at SPP have placed upon reviews for the advancement of scholarship and the spread of knowledge. It should, incidentally, be noted that all twelve review issues of SPP are available for free download at the SPP website (www.sino- platonic.org/).
From the beginning up to the twelfth review collection in 2005, the overwhelming majority of the reviews were written by the editor himself, although others have also contributed from time to time.
Given the close association between SPP and the mission of writing responsibly critical reviews on matters of language, script, and culture, plus the desire to celebrate the 25th anniversary of our series, we have decided to make this, the 208th issue of SPP (February 2011), the 13th review issue. We earnestly hope that the reviews gathered herein will serve the useful
purpose of introducing readers to the best new or under-recognized works in our various fields and cautioning them against publications that may be less worthy of their attention.
Finally, we will undoubtedly be assembling additional review issues in the future, and hereby warmly welcome all readers of SPP to submit reviews of publications which they wish to call to the attention of our colleagues and students who constitute the broad readership of this journal.
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Ancient China and Its Enemies: The Rise of Nomadic Power in East Asian History by Nicola Di Cosmo. Review written by John Didier
The Prehistory of the Silk Road by E. E. Kuzmina, ed. Victor H. Mair. Review written by Irene Good
Mozi: A Complete Translation by Ian Johnston. Review by Zhao Lu
Envisioning Eternal Empire: Chinese Political Thought of the Warring States Era by Yuri Pines. Review written by Kenneth W. Holloway
The Politics of Mourning in Early China by Miranda Brown. Review by Thomas Radice
The Revelation of the Magi: The Lost Tale of the Wise Men’s Journey to Bethlehem by Brent Landau. Review by Annette Yoshiko Reed
A Story Waiting to Pierce You: Mongolia, Tibet and the Destiny of the Western World by Peter Kingsley
Rome and China: Comparative Perspectives on Ancient World Empires, Walter Scheidel, editor Oxford Studies in Early Empires, ed. Nicola Di Cosmo, Mark Edward Lewis, and Walter Scheidel
The Camel’s Load in Life and Death: Iconography and 64 Ideology of Chinese Pottery Figurines from Han to Tang and Their Relevance to Trade along the Silk Routes by Elfriede Regina Knauer. Review by Victor H. Mair
Ethnic Identity in Tang China by Marc Abramson. Review by Sanping Chen
Imperial China, 900–1800 by F. W. Mote. Review by Erling Hoh