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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Review: Records of the Grand Historian: Qin Dynasty

User Review  - Zach - Goodreads

The whole work was interesting, but the letter in his own hand about how the Grand Historian chose the humiliation of castration rather than nobly committing suicide in order to finish his history was the most moving. Read full review

Review: Records of the Grand Historian: Qin Dynasty

User Review  - Donna - Goodreads

The "basic annals" chapters were tedious. The various biography chapters were quite interesting. # 18 of 133 on Clifton Fadiman's New Lifetime Reading Plan Read full review

Contents

The Basic Annals of Qin
xxi
The Basic Annals of The First Emperor of the Qin
33
Reflections on the Rise of the Qin
83
The Biography of Lord Shang
87
The Biographies Of Shuli Zi and Gan Mou
99
The Biography of the Marquis of Rang
111
The Biographies of Bai Qi and Wang Jian
119
The Biographies of Fan Ju and Cai Ze
129
The Biographies of The Assassinretainers Excerpt
165
The Biography of Li Si
177
The Biography of Meng Tian
205
The Biographies of Wits and Humorists Excerpt
213
Shi ji 48 The Hereditary House of Chen She
215
Sima Qians Letter to Ren An
225
Index
237
Copyright

The Biography of Lu Buwei
157

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About the author (1993)

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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