Records of the Grand Historian

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Columbia University Press, 2011 M02 10 - 224 pages
This volume of the history of the Han dynasty consists of chapters dealing principally with the reign of Emperor Wu, one of the most energetic and strong-willed of China’s Rulers. Here the historian is chronicling events he has witnessed and writing of the men he personally knows or has known. In Nagano Hozan’s (1783-1837) words, “He makes us see in our minds the character of the men of the time, and this is why he is a great historian.:
 

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This book contains selected translations from the Qin dynasty compendium written by china's first historian. The book starts with annals, which are rather dry year-by-year accounts of political events ... Read full review

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Contents

Title Page
THE BASIC ANNALS OF THE FIRST EMPEROR OF
REFLECTIONS ON THE RISE OF THE
THE BIOGRAPHIES OF SHULI ZI AND GAN
THE BIOGRAPHIES OF BAI QI AND WANG JIAN
THE BIOGRAPHY OF LÜ BUWEI
THE BIOGRAPHY OF MENG TIAN
THE BIOGRAPHIES OF WITS AND HUMORISTS
Appendix Two SIMA QIANS LETTER TO REN
INDEX
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Burton Watson is one of the world's best-known translators from the Chinese and Japanese. His translations include The Lotus Sutra, The Vimalakirti Sutra, Ryokan: Zen Monk-Poet of Japan, Saigyo: Poems of a Mountain Home, and The Columbia Book of Chinese Poetry: From Early Times to the Thirteenth Century, all published by Columbia.



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