The Grand Scribe's Records: The Hereditary Houses of Pre-Han China, Volume 1

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Indiana University Press, 2006 - History - 501 pages
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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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Contents

Acknowledgments
ix
A Note on Terms
xxv
List of Abbreviations
xxxix
Hereditary Houses 110
1
Hereditary House 3 Weiguo Cao translator
131
Hereditary House 4 Hongyu Huang translator
169
Hereditary House 5 William H Nienhauser Jr translator
191
Hereditary House 6 Wang Jing translator
221
Hereditary House 7 Scott Cook translator
241
Hereditary House 8 Zhenjun Zhang translator
267
Hereditary House 9 Zhao Hua and William H Nienhauser Jr trans
297
Hereditary House 10 Weiguo Cao translator
381
Frequently Mentioned Commentators
449
Biographical Sketches oShih chi Commentators Juri Kroll 45 1
469
Maps
503
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

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 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His books include The Indiana Companion to Traditional Chinese Literature (two volumes, IUP, 1985; 1998) and (as translator) Chinese Literature, Ancient and Classical by André Levy (IUP, 2000). He was a founding editor of the journal Chinese Literature, Essays, Articles, Reviews (CLEAR).

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