The First Emperor: Selections from the Historical Records

Paperback | September 27, 2009

bySima Qian, Raymond Dawson, K. E. Brashier

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'The following year Qin unified all under Heaven and the title of August Emperor was immediately adopted.' The short-lived Qin dynasty unified China in 221 BC and created an imperial legacy that lasted until 1911. The extraordinary story of the First Emperor, founder of the dynasty, is told in the Historical Records of Sima Qian, the Grand Historiographer and the most famous Chinese historian. Hedescribes the Emperor's birth and the assassination attempt on his life, as well as the political and often brutal events that led to the founding of the dynasty and its aftermath. Sima Qian recounts the building of the Great Wall, the 'burning of the books', and the construction of the FirstEmperor's magnificent tomb, a tomb now world famous since the discovery of the terracotta warriors in 1974. Sima Qian's love of anecdote ensures that his history is never dull, and Raymond Dawson's fluent translation captures his lively and vivid style. Chronicling recent archaeologicaldevelopments and questioning Sima Qian's biases, K. E. Brashier's preface highlights the importance of the Grand Historiographer's account and Dawson's translation in the twenty-first century.

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'The following year Qin unified all under Heaven and the title of August Emperor was immediately adopted.' The short-lived Qin dynasty unified China in 221 BC and created an imperial legacy that lasted until 1911. The extraordinary story of the First Emperor, founder of the dynasty, is told in the Historical Records of Sima Qian, the G...

The late Raymond Dawson was Emeritus Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford and author of a number of publications on China, including Confucius (Past Master, 1982) and the OWC edition of Confucius' Analects.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.5 inPublished:September 27, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

The Birth of the First EmperorAn Assassination AttemptThe Biography of the Chief Minister of QinThe Builder of the Great WallThe Annals of QinThe TreatisesThe Story of the Rebel Xiang YuThe Story of the Rebel Chen Sheng