Taoism under the T’ang

Religion & Empire During the Golden Age of Chinese History

by T. H. Barrett

This excellent essay was originally prepared at the request of Denis Twitchett, editor of the Cambridge History of China, in anticipation of publication in the second volume of that work to be devoted to the T’ang dynasty (618–907). While that project was experiencing delays, the essay became widely circulated among those interested in the history of Taoism, and has subsequently been published independently. The work sheds light on Taoism, China’s great indigenous religion (if we see Confucianism as ethics and Buddhism as imported) during this vibrant and glorious period of Chinese history; without these insights, we can have only limited understanding of an important aspect of China’s social, political, and of course, religious life.

T.H. Barrett has been professor of East Asian history at the School or Oriental and African Studies, University of London, since 1986; he previously lectured at Cambridge. Professor Barrett publishes widely on East Asina history and religion, particularly Taoism and Zen.

112 pp, 5.25 x 8, Hard
Chinese history / Taoist studies
ISBN: 978-1-891640-25-4