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The Grand Scribe's Records, Volume II: The Basic Annals of the Han Dynasty

The Grand Scribe's Records, Volume II: The Basic Annals of the Han Dynasty

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This second volume of the ongoing annotated translation of Ssu-ma Ch'ien's Shih chi (The Grand Scribe's Records), widely acknowledged as the most important history of early China, contains the "basic annals" of five early Han-dynasty emperors. The annals trace the first century of Han rule (206-ca. 100 BC) in a year-by-year account that focuses on imperial activities. When this translation is completed, it will make available in English all 130 chapters of the Shih chi. Volumes 1 and 7 were published by Indiana University Press in 1994.



Author: Ssu-Ma Ch'ien
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Published: 06/07/2002
Pages: 414
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.79lbs
Size: 9.21h x 6.14w x 1.06d
ISBN: 9780253039095

About the Author

Ssu-ma Ch'ien (145-ca. 86 B.C.), 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 second century B.C.


William H. Nienhauser, Jr., editor and co-translator, is Halls-Bascom Professor of Classical Chinese Literature at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In 1979 he helped found the journal Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews (CLEAR) and has edited it since. He has published a number of articles and books on traditional Chinese literature, including The Indiana Companion to Traditional Chinese Literature (two volumes, Indiana University Press, 1985; 1998)


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