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Records of the Grand Historian

Author : Qian Sima
Publisher : Columbia University Press
Page : 542 pages
File Size : 44,5 Mb
Release : 1993
Category : History
ISBN : 0231081650

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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.

Records of the Grand Historian

Author : Qian Sima
Publisher : Columbia University Press
Page : 544 pages
File Size : 40,8 Mb
Release : 1993
Category : History
ISBN : 0231081642

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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.

Records of the Grand Historian

Author : Qian Sima
Publisher : Columbia University Press
Page : 270 pages
File Size : 42,7 Mb
Release : 1993
Category : History
ISBN : 0231081693

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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.

Selections from Records of the Historian

Author : 司马迁 (汉)
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 0 pages
File Size : 44,7 Mb
Release : 2007
Category : China
ISBN : 7119046802

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"The short-lived Qin dynasty unified China in 2.21 B.C. and created an imperial legacy that lasted until 1911. The extraordinary story of the First Emperor, founder of the dynasty, is told in the Historical Records of Sima Qian, the Grand Historiographer and the most famous Chinese historian. He describes the Emperor's birth and the assassination attempt on his life, as well as the political and often brutal events that led to the founding of the dynasty and its aftermath. Sima Qian recounts the building of the Great Wall, the 'burning of the books', and the construction of the First Emperor's magnificent tomb, a tomb now world famous since the discovery of the terracotta warriors in 1974. Sima Qian's love of anecdote ensures that his history is never dull, and Raymond Dawson's fluent translation captures his lively and vivid style. Chronicling recent archaeological developments and questioning Sima Qian's biases, K.E. Brashier's preface highlights the importance of the Grand Historiographer's account and Dawson's translation in the twenty-first century."--Jacket.

The First Emperor

Author : Sima Qian
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Page : 208 pages
File Size : 48,6 Mb
Release : 2009-08-27
Category : History
ISBN : 9780199574391

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Reprint. Originally published: 2007. Reissued 2009.

The Grand Scribe's Records

Author : Qian Sima,William H. Nienhauser
Publisher : Indiana University Press
Page : 434 pages
File Size : 40,9 Mb
Release : 1994
Category : History
ISBN : 0253340225

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This second volume of the ongoing annotated translation of Ssu-ma Ch'ien's Shi chi(The Grand Scribe's Records), widely acknowledged as the most important early Chinese history, contains the "basic annals" of five early Han-dynasty emperors. The annals trace the first century of Han rule (206 BC to ca. 100 BC) in a year-by-year account that focuses on imperial activities. In The Grand Scribe's Records, Ssu-ma Ch'ien revitalised the style of the annals he had written for previous rulers. Here are accounts of the peasant who founded the dynasty, Liu Pang, a man noted as much for his licentiousness as he was his ruthless political instinct, and of his cruel wife, Empress Lÿ, who murdered her chief rival for Liu Pang's affections in the most gruesome manner. The annals of two relatively undistinguished emperors follow. The volume concludes with Ssu-ma's depiction of perhaps the greatest ruler of the Han, Emperor Wu, told within the context of his delusive attempts to find a means to achieve immortality. When completed this translation will bring all 130 chapters of the Shih chi into English. Volumes 1 and 7 were published by Indiana University Press in 1994.

Worlds of Bronze and Bamboo

Author : Grant Hardy
Publisher : Columbia University Press
Page : 336 pages
File Size : 51,7 Mb
Release : 1999-07-06
Category : History
ISBN : 0231504519

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Sima Qian (c. 100 B.C.E.) was China's first historian—he was known as Grand Astrologer at the court of Emperor Wu during the Han dynasty—and, along with Confucius and the First Emperor of Qin, was one of the creators of imperial China. His Shiji (published for Columbia in a translation by Burton Watson as Records of the Grand Historian) not only became the model for the twenty-six Standard Histories that the historians of each Chinese dynasty wrote to legitimize the dynastic succession, but also has been an enormously influential resource to historians, literary scholars, philosophers, and many others seeking an understanding of early Chinese history. In Worlds of Bronze and Bamboo, Grant Hardy presents convincing evidence that the Shiji is quite unlike such Western counterparts as the histories of Herodotus and Thucydides, for, Hardy argues, Sima Qian's work seeks not only to represent but to influence the world in a manner based on Confucian concepts of sageliness and "the rectification of names." Although many scholars have sought close parallels between Sima Qian and the Greek historians—either criticizing Sima's work, as if Western models of historical interpretation could serve as a template by which to read it, or overemphasizing his "objectivity" to more closely align his text with these "respectable" Greek models—Hardy boldly contends that the Chinese historian never intended to produce a consistent, closed interpretation of the past. Instead, Hardy argues, the Shiji is a microcosm in which Sima Qian sought to represent the open-endedness and multivalence of the world around him, revealing and reinforcing the natural order. In mapping out this model of the world, Sima embodies the historian as sage rather than chronicler. Transcending mere accuracy in recording events, such a historian seeks not to present an opinion about what happened in the past, buttressed with rational arguments and pertinent evidence, but to penetrate the outer details of an incident and discover the moral truths it embodies. Thus intuiting the moral significance of events, the sage-historian delineates the Way and offers his readers a chance to become more in tune with the natural order. Illustrating his provocative theses about the Shiji by analyzing Sima Qian's handling of specific historical personages and episodes such as the First Emperor of the Qin, the hereditary house of Confucius, and the conflicts that ended with the founding of the Han dynasty, Hardy both extends and challenges existing interpretations of this crucial yet understudied text and sheds light on its puzzles and incongruities.

The Letter to Ren An and Sima Qian’s Legacy

Author : Stephen Durrant,Wai-yee Li,Michael Nylan,Hans van Ess
Publisher : University of Washington Press
Page : 190 pages
File Size : 42,8 Mb
Release : 2016-04-18
Category : History
ISBN : 9780295806389

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The Letter to Ren An and Sima Qian’s Legacy by Stephen Durrant,Wai-yee Li,Michael Nylan,Hans van Ess Pdf

Sima Qian (first century BCE), the author of Record of the Historian (Shiji), is China’s earliest and best-known historian, and his “Letter to Ren An” is the most famous letter in Chinese history. In the letter, Sima Qian explains his decision to finish his life’s work, the first comprehensive history of China, instead of honorably committing suicide following his castration for “deceiving the emperor.” In the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, some scholars have queried the authenticity of the letter. Is it a genuine piece of writing by Sima Qian or an early work of literary impersonation? The Letter to Ren An and Sima Qian’s Legacy provides a full translation of the letter and uses different methods to explore issues in textual history. It also shows how ideas about friendship, loyalty, factionalism, and authorship encoded in the letter have far-reaching implications for the study of China.

Poems of a Mountain Home

Author : Saigyō
Publisher : Columbia University Press
Page : 254 pages
File Size : 49,7 Mb
Release : 1991
Category : Education
ISBN : 023107493X

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Saigyo (1118-1190) is one of the most well-known and influential of the traditional Japanese poets. He not only helped give new vitality and direction to the old conventions of court poetry, but created works that, because of their depth of feeling, continue to attract readers to the present day.

The Vimalakirti Sutra

Author : Anonim
Publisher : Columbia University Press
Page : 204 pages
File Size : 46,6 Mb
Release : 1997
Category : History
ISBN : 0231106564

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One of the most popular Asian classics for roughly two thousand years, the Vimalakirti Sutra stands out among the sacred texts of Mahayana Buddhism for its conciseness, its vivid and humorous episodes, its dramatic narratives, and its eloquent exposition of the key doctrine of emptiness or nondualism. Unlike most sutras, its central figure is not a Buddha but a wealthy townsman, who, in his mastery of doctrine and religious practice, epitomizes the ideal lay believer. For this reason, the sutra has held particular significance for men and women of the laity in Buddhist countries of Asia, assuring them that they can reach levels of spiritual attainment fully comparable to those accessible to monks and nuns of the monastic order. Esteemed translator Burton Watson has rendered a beautiful English translation from the popular Chinese version produced in 406 C.E. by the Central Asian scholar-monk Kumarajiva, which is widely acknowledged to be the most felicitous of the various Chinese translations of the sutra (the Sanskrit original of which was lost long ago) and is the form in which it has had the greatest influence in China, Japan, and other countries of East Asia. Watson's illuminating introduction discusses the background of the sutra, its place in the development of Buddhist thought, and the profundities of its principal doctrine: emptiness.

Historical Records

Author : Qian Sima,Raymond Dawson
Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
Page : 176 pages
File Size : 47,9 Mb
Release : 1994
Category : History
ISBN : 0192831151

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The Historical Records or Shiji is a vast history of the Chinese world from its beginnings up to the late second century BC. Its author, the Grand Historiographer Sima Qian (c. 145-86 BC), is the most famous Chinese historian and a great writer whose work has powerfully influenced Chinese and other Far Eastern literatures. The Historical Records is an immense and complex work. This translation concentrates on the vital but short-lived Qin dynasty, which unified China in 221 BC and created the vast empire that lasted until 1911. The introduction is aimed at bringing the history to a general audience, offering a lucid examination of Sima Qian in the tradition of history writing and placing the Qin dynasty in its wider historical context. This accessible new translation by one of the foremost scholars of Classical Chinese is supplemented by an index, map, and clear notes.

Ryokan

Author : 良寛
Publisher : Columbia University Press
Page : 142 pages
File Size : 55,9 Mb
Release : 1977
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 0231044151

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Watson includes the representative works of this Tokugawa poet's waka and kanshi works, along with an introduction and the original Japanese poems in romanized form.

Ssu Ma Chien Grand Historian of China

Author : Burton Watson
Publisher : Franklin Classics Trade Press
Page : 288 pages
File Size : 50,7 Mb
Release : 2018-11-11
Category : History
ISBN : 0353294918

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Les Mémoires Historiques de Se-Ma-Ts'ien

Author : Edouard Chavannes
Publisher : Wentworth Press
Page : 206 pages
File Size : 51,7 Mb
Release : 2019-02-21
Category : History
ISBN : 046908068X

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