Records of the Grand Historian: Qin Dynasty by Qian SimaRecords of the Grand Historian: Qin Dynasty by Qian Sima

Records of the Grand Historian: Qin Dynasty

byQian SimaTranslated byBurton Watson

Paperback | February 15, 1996

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This second 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.:

Burton Watson is a renowned translator of Chinese and Japanese literature and an Adjunct Professor of Chinese and Japanese at Columbia University. His recent translations include Ryokan: Zen-Monk Poet of Japan, Saigyo: Poems of a Mountain Home, and The Columbia Book of Chinese Poetry. He lives in Japan.
Title:Records of the Grand Historian: Qin DynastyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:505 pagesPublished:February 15, 1996Publisher:Columbia University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0231081677

ISBN - 13:9780231081672


Table of Contents

IntroductionTranslator's NotePart I: Heaven, Earth and ManShi ji 28: The Treatise on the Feng and Shan SacrificesShi ji 29: The Treatise on the Yellow River and CanalsShi ji 30: The Treatise on the Balanced StandardPart II: Statesman, Generals and Foreign PeoplesShi ji 107: The Biographies of the Marquises of Weiqi and QuanShi ji 109: The Biography of General Li GuangShi ji 110: The Account of the XiongnuShi ji 111: The Biographies of General Wei Qing and the Swift Cavalry General Hup QubingShi ji 112: The Biographies of the Marquis of Pingjin and Zhufu YanShi ji 113: The Account of Southern YueShi ji 114: The Account of Eastern YueShi ji 115: The Account of ChaoxianShi ji 123: THe Account of DayuanShi ji 116: The Account of the Southwestern BarbariansShi ji 117: The Biography of SIma XiangruShi ji 120: The Biographies of Ji An and Zheng DangshiPart III: The Plotters of RevoltShi ji 118: The Biographies of the Kings of Huainan and HengshanPart IV: The Collective BiographiesShi ji 121: The Biographies of the Confucian ScholarsShi ji 119: The Biographies of the Reasonable OfficialsShi ji 122: The Biographies of the Harsh OfficialsShi ji 124: The Biographies of the Wandering KnightsShi ji 125: The Biographies of the Emperors' Male FavouritesShi ji 127: The Biographies of the Diviners of Lucky DaysShi ji 129: The Biographies of the Money-makersFinding List of Chapters of the Shi jiIndexMapChina and Its Neighbours in the Former Han

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Burton Watson...possesses all the qualities which distinguish a master translator. As a craftsman and as a poet, he has inspired and challenged two generations.