Kidder Smith

Professor of History and Asian Studies

Spring 2008

  • A History of Tibet (ASIAN 276)
  • A History of Tibet (ASIAN 276L1)
  • Intermediate Independent Study in Asian Studies (ASIAN 291)
  • Advanced Independent Study and Honors in Asian Studies (ASIAN 403)
Title Professor of Asian Studies and History, Emeritus
Department (None)
Work Location (none)
Kidder Smith: Bowdoin College: Asian Studies

Kidder Smith (Kidder smith in chinese) studied China's culture at Princeton, Berkeley, and in Taiwan. He teaches pre-modern and modern Chinese history. His research interests lie in early China, the time of Confucius, Sun Tzu and the First Emperor's unification of empire, roughly 500 to 200 B.C. He has written on the I Ching, the Art of War, and issues in the practice of Buddhism.


Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Department of History, 1979
B.A Princeton University, Oriental Studies, 1968


the art of war"Natural Crazy Wisdom," to appear in The International Journal of Transpersonal Psychology.

"Foreword," The Sanity We Are Born With, by Chögyam Trungpa (Boston: Shambhala Publications, 2005)

"Sima Tan and the Invention of Taoism, 'Legalism,' et cetera," Journal of Asian Studies 62.1 ( February 2003), pp. 129-156. A one-thousand word essay on the application of mythology to the human sciences was also published as part of the section "In This Issue."

The Art of War: A New Translation, with essays and commentary; collaborative work by Denma Translation Group (Boston: Shambhala Publications, 2001). Sinological apparatus at

Tricycle Issue 40"Transmuting Blood and Guts: My Experiences in the Buddhist Military," Tricycle - The Buddhist Review 10.4 (Summer 2001), pp. 72-77.

"Contextualized Translation of the Yijing," Philosophy East and West 49.3 (July 1999), pp. 177-83.

"The Militarist Texts: The Sunzi" for second edition of Sources of Chinese Tradition, ed. Wm. Theodore de Bary & Irene Bloom (New York: Columbia University Press, 1999), pp. 213-23.

China Review International"Pre-Qin Military Texts, with Special Regard to the Sunzi," China Review International 1 (March 1994), pp. 231-42.

"On the chinese textFamily Relationship," Shumu jikan chinese text(Taipei), 27.4 (March 1994), pp. 193-99.

"The Difficulty of the Yijing," Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews 15 (December 1993), pp. 1-15.

" chinese text," in chinese text(1993.2), pp. 38-39; reprinted in Sunzi tansheng chinese text(Beijing: Chinese Academy of Military Science, 1993), pp. 373-77.

"chinese text 'chinese text' chinese text,"in chinese text Zhongguo wenhua 7 (1992), pp. 134-35.

Editor, Chuang Tzu::Rationality::Interpretation (Bowdoin College, 1991) and Sagehood and Systematizing Thought (Bowdoin College, 1990).

Senior author, Sung Dynasty Uses of the I Ching (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1990)

"Zhouyi Interpretation from Accounts in the Zuozhuan," Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies 49 (December 1989), pp. 421-63.

Kidder Smith

Syllabi from previous courses