A Taeko Brooks received her MA in history from the University of Hawaii, and did
subsequent graduate work in history at the University of Washington. She has been
Research Associate in the Warring States Project since its formal inception in 1993. She
is a member of the Association for Asian Studies and the American Historical Association,
and is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Women, and Who’s Who in the

Her work centers on the Chinese classical period, the 05th through 03rd centuries (the
“Warring States” period of Chinese history) and on Spring And Autumn, the 08th through
06th centuries, which by contrast define the nature of the bureaucratic and military
revolution which took place in the Warring States period. That revolution eventually made
possible the creation of the unified Chinese Empire in 0221. 

She is interested in historical method, including quantitative stylistics; in the
formation and historiography of the classical Chinese texts; and in the large movements
of military and intellectual history in pre-Imperial times. The latter include the rise
and decline of the Micians (the classical Chinese peace movement) , the ritualization of
the Confucians, and the development of meditation as a third way of knowledge, in rivalry
with the other two, and with the dominant practical statecraft of the period, usually
called Legalism. She is particularly interested in populism, the failed but significant
effort of certain elite groups to define the state not as the expression of the will of
the ruler, but as a mechanism for serving the interests of the people. 



Defeat in the Chun/Chyou (with E. Bruce Brooks), Warring States Papers (2010)

We here consider how victory and defeat are treated in the Chun/Chyou. We find that...



Enfiefment Renewal in Lu, Warring States Papers (2010)

Three times in the Chun/Chyou chronicle, the Jou King confers a mandate (ming ) on...



Military Capacity in Spring and Autumn, Warring States Papers (2010)

It has been said that the states of Spring and Autumn (0770-0479) deployed large armies,...



The Historical Value of the Chun/Chyou, Warring States Papers (2010)

The Spring and Autumn period (late 08th to early 05th centuries) is of interest in...



The History and Historiography of Jyw, Warring States Papers (2010)

Non-Sinitic Jyw was located at 35 35’ N, 118! 50’ E, east of the Lu...


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Distancing Ji in the Chun/chyou, Warring States Papers (2010)

Ji in the Chun/Chyou (CC) can be a verb “overtake, go as far as” or...



Evolution of Ba "Hegemon" Theory, Warring States Papers (2010)

Everyone knows that the ba institution, the Jou Kings’ delegation of power to a series...



Mwodz 14-16 "Universal Love", Warring States Papers (2010)

I here examine the Mwodz Jyen Ai or “Universal Love” triplet. As with MZ 17-19,...



Mwodz 17-19 "Against War", Warring States Papers (2010)

The MZ 17-19 essays expound a well-known and characteristic tenet of Micianism. They share with...



Re-Dating the Sources, Warring States Papers (2010)

The sources for history are basic to history, and an accurate idea of the chronology...