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    The Grand Scribe's Records: The Memoirs of Han China v. 8, Pt. 1 (GRAND SCRIBE'S RECORDS) (Hardback) By (author) Ssu-Ma Ch'ien

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    DescriptionThe 16 chapters translated herein continue the biographies of individuals in pre-Han China presented in volume seven of The Grand Scribe's Records. The reader is introduced to the major supporters and rivals of the founders of the Han Dynasty: the generals, advisors, strategists, and ministers who helped to shape the foundations of the first sustained empire in Chinese history. Although these men were often of common stock, they influenced the development of many aspects of the Han culture, a culture which in turn served as a model for subsequent eras. Based on oral and written accounts as well as on administrative records, these biographies range stylistically from anecdotal tales to repetitious reports of achievements in battle. The failure of the first five Han emperors to trust the loyalty of their subordinates is a leitmotif in many of these chapters. But the individual motifs that echo other sections of the Grand Scribe's Records - unrecognized heroes, both loyal and disloyal retainers, broken friendships, and faithless lovers - also appear in these pages.

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    The Grand Scribe's Records: The Memoirs of Han China v. 8, Pt. 1
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ssu-Ma Ch'ien
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 512
    Width: 157 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 839 g
    ISBN 13: 9780253340283
    ISBN 10: 0253340284

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FPC
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3D
    BIC subject category V2: HBJF
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 43
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    LC classification: DS
    BISAC V2.8: HIS008000
    Ingram Theme: CULT/CHINES
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 68
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    Abridged Dewey: 951
    B&T Approval Code: A15406030
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000, LCO004000
    DC22: 931
    Thema V1.0: NHF, NHC
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1FPC
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3C
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Indiana University Press
    Imprint name
    Indiana University Press
    Publication date
    25 July 2008
    Publication City/Country
    Bloomington, IN
    Author Information
    Ssu-ma Ch'ien (145 ca. 86 BC), 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 2nd century BCE. William H. Nienhauser, Jr., is Halls-Bascom Professor of Classical Chinese Literature at the University of Wisconsin Madison."
    Review quote
    "These volumes are most welcome... The English translation has been done meticulously, with full scholarly apparatus... These volumes are essential library additions." Choice
    Table of contents
    Acknowledgments; Introduction; On Using This Book; Weights and Measures; List of Abbreviations Memoir 29 (William H. Nienhauser, Jr. , translator); Memoir 30 (Stephen Durrant, translator); Memoir 31 (Meghan Cai and Qian Liu, translators); Memoir 32 (Wang Jing, translator); Memoir 33 (Reinhard Emmerich, translator); Memoir 34 (Zhao Hua, translator); Memoir 35 (William H. Nienhauser, Jr., translator); Memoir 36 (William H. Nienhauser, Jr., translator); Memoir 37 (Hans van Ess, translator); Memoir 38 (Michael Schimmelpfennig, translator); Memoir 39 (Christian Meyer, translator); Memoir 40 (Judith Suwald, translator); Memoir 41 (Marc Nurnberger, translator); Memoir 42 (Hans van Ess, translator); Memoir 43 (Wang Jing, translator); Memoir 44 (Hans van Ess, translator) Frequently Mentioned Commentators; Biographical Sketches of Shih chi Commentators (Erich Haenisch and Liu Po-chuang); Erratum; Selected Recent Studies of the Shih chi; Index