Records of the Grand Historian: Han Dynasty II

Records of the Grand Historian: Han Dynasty II

By (author) Sima Qian , Translated by Burton Watson

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This second volume of the history of the Han dynasty consists of chapters dealing principally with the reign of Emperor Wu, one of the most energetic and strong-willed of China's Rulers. Here the historian is chronicling events he has witnessed and writing of the men he personally knows or has known. In Nagano Hozan's (1783-1837) words, He makes us see in our minds the character of the men of the time, and this is why he is a great historian.:

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  • Paperback | 505 pages
  • 170.18 x 195.58 x 25.4mm | 362.87g
  • 01 Jun 1996
  • Columbia University Press
  • New York
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd ed.
  • 1 map
  • 0231081677
  • 9780231081672
  • 750,521

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Burton Watson is a renowned translator of Chinese and Japanese literature and an Adjunct Professor of Chinese and Japanese at Columbia University. His recent translations include Ryokan: Zen-Monk Poet of Japan, Saigyo: Poems of a Mountain Home, and The Columbia Book of Chinese Poetry. He lives in Japan.

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Burton Watson...possesses all the qualities which distinguish a master translator. As a craftsman and as a poet, he has inspired and challenged two generations. Asian Affairs

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