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Short bibliography of books on the Song and Yuan in Knight Library

Bettine Birge, Women, Property, and Confucian Reaction in Sung and Yüan China (960-1368). Cambridge:Cambridge University Press 2001. HN733.B57 2001

Peter K. Bol, Neo-Confucianism in History. Cambridge, London: Harvard University Press 2008. B5233.N45 B66 2008

Peter K. Bol, “This Culture of Ours”: Intellectual Transitions in T’ang and Sung China. Stanford: Stanford University Press 1992. DS 747.42.B46 1992

Beverly Bossler, Powerful Relations. Kinship, Status, and the State in Sung China (960-1279). Cambridge: Harvard University Press 1998. GN480.B67 1998

John W. Chaffee, Branches of Heaven: a history of the imperial clan of the Sung. Cambridge, Ma.: Harvard University Press 1999. DS 751.3.C35 1999

John W. Chaffee, The Thorny Gates of Learning in Sung China: A Social History of Examinations. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1985. New ed. 1995. JQ1512.Z13E8719 1995

Choi, Mihwa, Sima Guang’s (1019-1086) Thoughts on Death Rituals. Asia Major: Third Series, 2016, Vol.29(1), pp.45-72.

Richard L. Davis, Wind Against the Mountain. The Crisis of Politics and Culture in Thirteenth Century China. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press 1996.

DS 751.D38.1996

Richard L. Davis, “Chaste and Filial Women in Chinese Historical Writings of the Eleventh Century”, Journal of the American Oriental Society, vol. 121, no. 2 (April-June 2001), pp. 204-218.

Kenneth Dean, Lord of the Three in One. The Spread of a Cult in Southeast China. Princeton: Princeton University Press 1998. BL 1802.D43 1998


Patricia Buckley Ebrey, Maggie Bickford (eds.), Emperor Huizong and Late Northern Song China. The Politics of Culture and the Culture of Politics. Cambridge, London: Harvard University Press 2006. DS751 .E67 2006

Patricia Buckley Ebrey, The Inner Quarters. Marriage and the Lives of Chinese Women in the Sung Period. Berkeley: University of California Press 1993. –e-book

Patricia Buckley Ebrey, Confucianism and Family Rituals in Imperial China. A Social History of Writing about Rites. Princeton: Princeton University Press 1991.

DS721.E336 1991

Ronald Egan, The Problem of beauty: aesthetic thought and pursuits in Northern Song China. Cambridge: Harvard University Press 2006. DS750.72.E43 2006

Jacques Gernet, Daily Life in China on the Eve of the Mongol Invasion, 1250-1276. Stanford: Stanford University Press 1970. DS 721.G413

Susan Erickson, “Investing in the Antique: Bronze Vessels of the Song Dynasty (960-1279)”. Dieter Kuhn, Helga Stahl (eds.), Die Gegenwart des Altertums. Formen und Funktionen des Altertumsbezugs in den Hochkulturen der Alten Welt. Heidelberg: edition forum 2001, pp. 423-435.

Valerie Hansen, Negotiating Daily Life in Traditional China. How Ordinary People Used Contracts, 600-1400. New Haven: Yale University Press 1995. KNN 858.H36 1995

Valerie Hansen, Changing Gods in Medieval China, 1127-1276. Princeton: Princeton University Press 1990. BL 1802.H35. 1990

Michel Hoang, Ghengis Khan. London: Saqi Books 1990.

Robert P. Hymes, Way and Byway. Taoism, Local Religion and Models of Divinity in Sung and Modern China. Berkeley: University of California Press 2002.

BL 65.C8H95 2002

Robert P. Hymes, Statesmen and Gentlemen: the elite of Fu-chou, Chiang-hsi, in northern and southern Sung. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1986. HN 740. F8H95 1986

Robert P. Hymes, Conrad Schirokauer (eds.), Ordering the World. Approaches to State and Society in Sung Dynasty China. Berkeley: University of California Press 1993.

DS 751.O73 1993

Xiao-bin Ji, Politics and Conservatism in Northern Song China. The Career and Thought of Sima Guang (A.D.1019-1086). Hong Kong: Chinese University Press 2005. Summit

Dieter Kuhn (ed.), Burial in Song China. Heidelberg: Edition Forum 1994. [Wuerzburger Sinologische Schriften]. DS 750.72.B87 1994

Dieter Kuhn, “A Step on the Way to Confucian State Orthodoxy in the Song Dynasty: The Third Year of the Reign-Period xianping of Emperor Zhenzong”. Zeitschrift der Deutschen Morgenlaendischen Gesellschaft, vol. 151/1, 2001, pp. 133-162.

Hui-shu Lee, Empresses, Art, and Agency in Song China. University of Washington Press, 2010. AAA N5205.7.C6 L5 2010

James T. C. Liu, China Turning Inward. Intellectual Political Changes in the Early Twelfth Century. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press 1988. DL 751. L56 1988

James T. C. Liu, Ou-yang Hsiu: an eleventh century neo-Confucianist. Stanford: Stanford University Press 1967. PL 2683. Z5 L 5 1967

James T. C. Liu, Wang An-shih (1021-1086) and his new policies. Cambridge, Ma.: Harvard University Press 1959. JQ 1502.L5

Winston W. Lo, An Introduction to the Civil Service of Sung China. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press 1987. JQ 1512. Z1L6 1987

Winston W. Lo, The Life and Thought of Yeh Shih. Gainesville: The University Presses of Florida 1974. PL 2687. Y42Z7 1974

Brian E. McKnight, Law and Order in Sung China. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1992. HV 8260.2 M35 1992

Brian McKnight, Village and Bureaucracy in Southern Sung China. Chicago: Chicago University Press 1972. JS 7352.A3M3

David Morgan, The Mongols, Cambridge, Ma.: Blackwell 1986. DS 19.M67 1986

Alfreda Murck, Poetry and painting in Sung China: the subtle art of dissent. Cambridge, Ma.: Harvard University Press 2000. ND 1043.4.M87 2000

Christian de Pee, The Writing of Weddings in Middle-Period China. Text and Ritual in the Eighth through Fourteenth Centuries. Albany: State University of New York Press 2007. GT2783.A2 D42 2007

Morris Rossabi (ed.), China among Equals. The Middle Kingdom and its Neighbors, 10th to 14th Centuries. Berkeley: University of California Press 1983. DS750.82.C46

Morris Rossabi, Khubilai Khan. His Life and Times. Berkeley: University of California Press 1988. DS 752.6.K83R67 1988

John Joseph Saunders, The History of the Mongol Conquests. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press 1971. New ed. 2001. DS19.S27 2001

Linda A. Walton, Academies and Society in Sung China. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press 1999. LA1131.8.W336 1999

James C. Y. Watt, The World of Khubilai Khan: Chinese Art in the Yuan Dynasty. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: 2010. AAA N7343.4 .W38 2010

Xu, Man, Gender and Burial in Imperial China: An Investigation of Women’s Space in Fujian Tombs of the Song Era (960-1279. Nan Nü, Vol `13 (1), pp. 1-51). online access


Several translations with comments can to be found in

Patricia Buckley Ebrey, Chinese Civilization. A Source Book. New York: The Free Press19932:


  1. The Tanguts and their Relations with the Han Chinese: Weiming Yuanhao’s Letter to the Song Emperor Renzong, 1083; Preface to a Tangut-Chinese Glossary, by Gule Maocai (1190).
  2. Book of Rewards and Punishments
  3. Precepts of the Perfect Truth Daoist Sect
  4. Wang Anshi, Sima Guang, and Emperor Shenzong
  5. Rules for the Fan Lineage’s Charitable Estate
  6. Yuan Cai on Women’s Problems
  7. The Attractions of the Capital (Hangzhou: 1235)