Chinese Intellectual and Cultural Figures Database


The database is sorted and refined according to the threads of thoughts in all the past dynasties of China. It collects the writings, viewpoints, biographies, chronologies, handwriting, portraits, historical status, biography, and research papers/books of representative thinkers from the pre-Qin period to modern times. A total of 335 thinkers, 1,359 kinds of books, 246,000 articles, more than 150,000 papers and 180 million words are included. Turning the grand works of thinkers for thousands of years into a knowledge bank searchable at the speed of light, the database consists of knowledge association network and intelligent recommendation of related characters/documents in addition to the encyclopedia of thinkers in the search results.

The core content of this database is the representative masterpieces of “China Renmin University Press” (which has won many national awards in China)-”Modern Chinese Thinkers Library”, “The Complete Works of Liang Qichao”, “The Complete Works of Kang Youwei”, “Yangming Studies Series” and other classic books in addition to 818 classic ancient books (printed editions/copies of Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties) and the archives of late Qing Dynasty and the Republic of China. That content was selected and edited by Professor Dai Yi of China Renmin University and editor-in-chief of China Social Sciences Press Wang Junyi, leading a large number of renowned sinologists with the inclusive tolerance to break through political taboos and ideology of both sides of the Taiwan Strait to complete the database. Covering 12 disciplines-literature, history, philosophy, art, law, politics, society, economics, military, education, science and culture, the database’s scale and high level are unprecedented. It collects many newly discovered documents and some significant thinkers’ complete works published for the first time such as: Hu Hanmin, Tao Xisheng, Jiang Kanghu, Fang Dongshu, Tang Jian, Bao Shichen, Feng Guifen, Shen Jiaben, Xia Zhenwu, Xia Zengyou, Zhang Weici, Zhang Ertian , Chen Yingning, Gao Yihan, Zhao Zichen, Wu Yaozong, Chang Naide, Huang Wenshan, etc.; Other figures are such as May 4th Movement figures, anti-May 4th Movement figures, New Confucians, and Kuomintang figures who were severely criticized by the mainland China (such as Wu Zhihui, Dai Jitao, etc.). Those figures have always been irreconcilable, but they coexist in the same database. There are really many databases of ancient Chinese books, but the database is the only think tank that takes Chinese thoughts and thinkers as the main axis. Combining literature and research, it can be regarded as an essential resource for the entry into the study of Chinese intellectual history.


Features (on text reading)

•The text is extremely accurate, and the font is completely consistent with the original version. (Rare ancient characters are not replaced by synonyms.)
• Annotations are separated from the text in red letters. Users can choose to hide or reserve them.
• Page numbers are marked in the text, click it so to read its original page and compare it with the text.
•Simplified /Traditional Chinese conversion, adding notes, quoting text are all available.
• Text typesetting can be switched between horizontal and vertical. Font size and background color can be selected.

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