Records of the Grand Historian: Han dynasty, Volume 1

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Columbia University Press, 1993 - History - 496 pages
Sima Qian (145?-90? BCE) was the first major Chinese historian. His Shiji, or Records of the Grand Historian, documents the history of China and its neighboring countries from the ancient past to his own time. These three volumes cover the Qin and Han dynasties.
 

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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

Contents

The Hereditary House of Chen
1
The Basic Annals of Xiang Yu
17
The Basic Annals of Emperor Gaozu
51
Reflections on the Rise of Emperor Gaozu
87
The Hereditary House of the Marquis of
99
The Hereditary House of Prime Minister Chen
115
The Biographies of Zhang Er and Chen Yu
131
The Biographies of Wei Bao and Peng Yue
147
The Basic Annals of Empress Lü
267
The Basic Annals of Emperor Wen the Filial
285
The Basic Annals of Emperor Jing the Filial
311
The Basic Annals of Emperor Wu Fragment
319
The Hereditary House of King Yuan of Chu
337
The Hereditary House of King Daohui of Qi
347
The Hereditary House of
363
The Hereditary House of Zhou Bo
369

The Biography of Qing Bu
153
The Biography of the Marquis of Huaiyin Han Xin
163
The Biographies of Hann Xin and Lu Wan
185
The Biography of Tian Dan
197
The Biographies of Fan Kuai Li Shang
205
The Biographies of Li Yiji and Lu Jia
219
The Biographies of Fu Kuan Jin Xi and
233
The Biographies of Ji Bu and Luan Bu
247
The Hereditary House of King Xiao of Liang
381
The Hereditary Houses of the Five Families
389
The Biography of Liu Pi the King of Wu
403
I
423
The Biographies of Yuan Ang and Chao Cuo
453
The Biographies of Zhang Shizhi and Feng Tang
467
The Biography of Tian Shu
489
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Burton DeWitt Watson was born in New Rochelle, New York on June 13, 1925. When he was 17 years old, he dropped out of high school and joined the Navy. He experienced Japan through his weekly shore leaves while stationed at Yokosuka Naval Base in 1945. After returning to the United States, he received a bachelor's degree in Chinese in 1949 and a master's degree in Chinese in 1951 from Columbia University. He spent time learning Japanese as a graduate student at Kyoto University before receiving a doctorate in Chinese in 1956 from Columbia. He has taught English at Doshisha University in Kyoto and Chinese at Stanford University and Columbia. He became a translator of Chinese and Japanese literature and poetry. His numerous translations included Cold Mountain: 100 Poems by the Tang Poet Han-shan, Han Fei Tzu: Basic Writings, The Complete Works of Chuang Tzu, and The Tso Chuan: Selections from China's Oldest Narrative History. His collections included Early Chinese Literature, Chinese Lyricism: Shih Poetry from the Second to the Twelfth Century, From the Country of Eight Islands: An Anthology of Japanese Poetry, and The Columbia Book of Chinese Poetry: From Early Times to the 13th Century. He received Columbia University's Translation Center's Gold Medal Award in 1979, the PEN Translation Prize in 1981 and 1995, and the Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation in 2015. He died on April 1, 2017 at the age of 91.

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