The Grand Scribe's Records: The Memoirs of Han China Part II, Volume IX

The Grand Scribe's Records: The Memoirs of Han China Part II, Volume IX


By (author) Ssu-Ma Ch'ien, Edited by William H. Nienhauser

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  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 496 pages
  • Dimensions: 165mm x 236mm x 33mm | 816g
  • Publication date: 22 November 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Bloomington, IN
  • ISBN 10: 0253355907
  • ISBN 13: 9780253355904
  • Sales rank: 1,050,910

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This volume of The Grand Scribe's Records includes the second segment of Han-dynasty memoirs and deals primarily with men who lived and served under Emperor Wu (r. 141--87 B.C.). The lead chapter presents a parallel biography of two ancient physicians, Pien Ch'ueh and Ts'ang Kung, providing a transition between the founding of the Han dynasty and its heyday under Wu. The account of Liu P'i is framed by the great rebellion he led in 154 B.C. and the remaining chapters trace the careers of court favourites, depict the tribulations of an ill-fated general, discuss the Han's greatest enemy, the Hsiung-nu, and provide accounts of two great generals who fought them. The final memoir is structured around memorials by two strategists who attempted to lead Emperor Wu into negotiations with the Hsiung-nu, a policy that Ssu-ma Ch'ien himself supported.

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Author information

Ssu-ma Ch ien (145 ca. 86 B.C.) was an official at the court of the Han Emperor Wu (r. 141 87 B.C.), who was involved in the compilation of a mammoth historical project that resulted in this history, which came to be known as the Shih chi (The Grand Scribe s Records).William H. Nienhauser, Jr., is the Halls-Bascom Professor of Classical Chinese Literature at the University of Wisconsin Madison and editor of five previous volumes of The Grand Scribe s Records."

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"Nienhauser's latest volume is another indispensable addition to modern sinology, as well as a fitting tribute to an ancient historian." China Review International"

Table of contents

Acknowledgments; Introduction: Herodotus and Ssu-ma Ch'ien: A Preliminary Study of Styles and Sources in Their Early Chapters; On Using This Book; Weights and Measures; List of Abbreviations; Memoir 45; Memoir 46; Memoir 47; Memoir 48; Memoir 49; Memoir 50; Memoir 51; Memoir 52; Frequently Mentioned Commentators; Biographical Sketches of Shih chi Scholars; Selected Recent Works on the Shih Chi; Index