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    Grand Scribe's Records: Volume II: The Basic Annals of the Han Dynasty (GRAND SCRIBE'S RECORDS) (Hardback) By (author) Ssu-Ma Ch'ien, Edited by William H. Nienhauser

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    DescriptionThis 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 Lu, 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.

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    Grand Scribe's Records: Volume II
    The Basic Annals of the Han Dynasty
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ssu-Ma Ch'ien, Edited by William H. Nienhauser
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 414
    Width: 168 mm
    Height: 245 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 730 g
    ISBN 13: 9780253340221
    ISBN 10: 0253340225

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.4
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS008000
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    B&T Approval Code: A15406030
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    B&T Approval Code: A14202000
    DC22: 931
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    LC classification: DS741.3 .S6813 1994, 94018408
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    Edition statement
    annotated edition
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Indiana University Press
    Imprint name
    Indiana University Press
    Publication date
    01 June 2002
    Publication City/Country
    Bloomington, IN
    Author Information
    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)
    Table of contents
    Preliminary Table of Contents: Acknowledgements Introduction On Using This Book Weights and Measures List of Abbreviations The Exalted Emperor, Basic Annals 8 Empress Dowager Lu, Basic Annals 9 The Filial and Cultured [Emperor], Basic Annals 10 The Filial and Luminous [Emperor], Basic Annals 11 The Filial and Martial [Emperor], Basic Annals 12 Frequently Mentioned Commentators Biographies of Commentators on the Shi chi Glossary Shih chi Chi-chieh Preface Ssu-k'u ch'uan-shu Notice on Shih chi Chi-chieh Recent Studies of the Shi chi Index