The Grand Scribe's Records: The Memoirs Of Han China, Part I

Hardcover | April 18, 2006

bySsu-ma Ch'ienEditorWilliam H. Nienhauser

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With Part I of the two-part fifth volume of Ssu-ma Ch'ien's Shi chi (The Grand Scribe's Records), we enter the world of the shih chia or "hereditary houses." These ten chapters trace the history of China's first states, from their establishment in the 11th century B.C. until their incorporation in the first empire under the Ch'in in 221 B.C. Combining myth, anecdote, chronicle, and biography based on early written and oral sources, many no longer extant, the narratives make for compelling reading, as dramatic and readable as any in this grand history.

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With Part I of the two-part fifth volume of Ssu-ma Ch'ien's Shi chi (The Grand Scribe's Records), we enter the world of the shih chia or "hereditary houses." These ten chapters trace the history of China's first states, from their establishment in the 11th century B.C. until their incorporation in the first empire under the Ch'in in 22...

Ssu-ma Ch'ien (145-ca. 86 B.C.) was a major official in the Western Han dynasty. China's greatest historian, he overcame tragedy to complete this work, compiling the history of his culture from its beginnings through the end of the second century B.C.William H. Nienhauser, Jr. is Halls-Bascom Professor of Classical Chinese Literature a...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:552 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 1.38 inPublished:April 18, 2006Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:025334025X

ISBN - 13:9780253340252

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction (William H. Nienhauser, Jr.)
On Using this Book
A Note on Terms
Weights and Measures (Lu Zongli)
List of Abbreviations

Hereditary House 1 (Zhi Chen and William H. Nienhauser, Jr., translators)
Hereditary House 2 (Bruce Knickerbocker, translator)
Hereditary House 3 (Weiguo Cao, translator)
Hereditary House 4 (Hongyu Huang, translator)
Hereditary House 5 (William H. Nienhauser, Jr., translator)
Hereditary House 6 (Wang Jing, translator)
Hereditary House 7 (Scott Cook, translator)
Hereditary House 8 (Zhenjun Zhang, translator)
Hereditary House 9 (Zhao Hua and William H. Nienhauser, Jr., translators)
Hereditary House 10 (Weiguo Cao, translator)

Frequently Mentioned Commentators
Biographical Sketches of Shih chi Commentators (Juri Kroll)
Selected Recent Studies of the Shih chi
Index
Maps