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    Description'The following year Qin unified all under Heaven and the title of August Emperor was immediately adopted.' The short-lived Qin dynasty unified China in 221 BC 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. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.


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    Title
    The First Emperor
    Subtitle
    Selections from the Historical Records
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Sima Qian, Translated by Raymond Dawson, Preface by Professor of Religion K E Brashier
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 208
    Width: 131 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 12 mm
    Weight: 157 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780199574391
    ISBN 10: 0199574391
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25540
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: DNF, HBLA
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3D
    BIC subject category V2: HBJF
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2GDC
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    BISAC V2.8: HIS008000
    Ingram Theme: CULT/CHINES
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    BIC subject category V2: 3D, 2GDC
    DC22: 931.04092
    Thema V1.0: DNL, NHF, NHC
    Edition statement
    Reissue
    Illustrations note
    1 map
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    02 November 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    The late Raymond Dawson was Emeritus Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford and author of a number of publications on China, including Confucius (Past Master, 1982) and the OWC edition of Confucius' Analects.
    Review quote
    ...vivid, near contemporary account... CH, The Independent Its vast scope can guide you to places they never reach - such as third-century BC China, with imperial historian Sima Qian, Boyd Tonkin, The Independent
    Table of contents
    The Birth of the First Emperor ; An Assassination Attempt ; The Biography of the Chief Minister of Qin ; The Builder of the Great Wall ; The Annals of Qin ; The Treatises ; The Story of the Rebel Xiang Yu ; The Story of the Rebel Chen Sheng