The Grand Scribe's Records: The Memoirs of Han China, Part 1

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Indiana University Press, 2008 - History - 449 pages
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The 16 chapters translated herein continue the biographies of individuals in pre-Han China presented in volume seven of The Grand Scribe's Records. The reader is introduced to the major supporters and rivals of the founders of the Han Dynasty: the generals, advisors, strategists, and ministers who helped to shape the foundations of the first sustained empire in Chinese history. Although these men were often of common stock, they influenced the development of many aspects of the Han culture, a culture which in turn served as a model for subsequent eras. Based on oral and written accounts as well as on administrative records, these biographies range stylistically from anecdotal tales to repetitious reports of achievements in battle. The failure of the first five Han emperors to trust the loyalty of their subordinates is a leitmotif in many of these chapters. But the individual motifs that echo other sections of the Grand Scribe's Records—unrecognized heroes, both loyal and disloyal retainers, broken friendships, and faithless lovers—also appear in these pages.

 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
ix
On Using This Book
xliii
List of Abbreviations
li
Memo r 29 William H Nienhauser Jr translator
1
Memo r 30 Stephen Durrant translator
33
Memo r 31 Meghan Cai and Qian Liu translators
45
Memo r 32 Wang Jing translator
69
Memo r 33 Reinhard Emmerich translator
107
Memo r 38 Michael Schimmelpfennig translator
265
Memo r 39 Christian Meyer translator
279
Memo r 40 Judith Suwald translator
307
Memo r 41 Marc Nurnberger translator
323
Memo r 42 Hans van Ess translator
357
Memo r 43 Wang Jing translator
373
Memo r 44 Hans van Ess translator
399
Frequently Mentioned Commentators
415

Memo r 34 Zhao Hua translator
139
Memo r 35 William H Nienhauser Jr translator
161
Memo r 36 William H Nienhauser Jr translator
205
Memo r 37 Hans van Ess translator
245
Erratum
427
Index
433
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Ssu-ma Ch'ien (145 ca. 86 BC), China's greatest historian and an important official in the Han dynasty, compiled the history of his culture from its beginnings through the end of the 2nd century BCE.

William H. Nienhauser, Jr., is Halls-Bascom Professor of Classical Chinese Literature at the University of Wisconsin Madison.

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