Records of the Grand Historian: Qin dynasty

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Columbia University Press, 1993 - History - 243 pages
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Pre-Code Hollywood explores the fascinating period in American motion picture history from 1930 to 1934 when the commandments of the Production Code Administration were violated with impunity in a series of wildly unconventional films -- a time when censorship was lax and Hollywood made the most of it. Though more unbridled, salacious, subversive, and just plain bizarre than what came afterwards, the films of the period do indeed have the look of Hollywood cinema -- but the moral terrain is so off-kilter that they seem imported from a parallel universe.

In a sense, Doherty avers, the films of pre-Code Hollywood are from another universe. They lay bare what Hollywood under the Production Code attempted to cover up and push offscreen: sexual liaisons unsanctified by the laws of God or man, marriage ridiculed and redefined, ethnic lines crossed and racial barriers ignored, economic injustice exposed and political corruption assumed, vice unpunished and virtue unrewarded -- in sum, pretty much the raw stuff of American culture, unvarnished and unveiled.

No other book has yet sought to interpret the films and film-related meanings of the pre-Code era -- what defined the period, why it ended, and what its relationship was to the country as a whole during the darkest years of the Great Depression... and afterward.


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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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The overall translation closely followed the Classical Chinese, but in certain sections the translation tend to sway. Such as the translation of the name/surname. In some parts, the first character of the name has been translated into the clan name, which was not the case in the classical Chinese. There were also sections where the topic was incorrect which makes the whole sentence sound odd (classical Chinese has the tendency to omit the topic).
Overall, I still believe it is an excellent translation. It has many helpful footnote which you cannot find in the modern Chinese translation. It is a good comparison (if you know Chinese), and certainly a must read!


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Edward D. berkowitz is professor of history and public policy and public administration at George Washington University. He is the author of eight books and the editor of three collections. During the seventies he served as a staff member of the President's Commission for a National Agenda, helping President Carter plan for a second term that never came to be.

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