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Records of the Grand Historian: Han Dynasty I Paperback – April 15, 1993

ISBN-13: 978-0231081658 ISBN-10: 0231081650 Edition: 3rd

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press; 3rd edition (April 15, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231081650
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231081658
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #522,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Chinese --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Burton Watson is one of the world´s best-known translators from the Chinese and Japanese. His translations include The Lotus Sutra, The Vimalakirti Sutra, Ryokan: Zen Monk-Poet of Japan, Saigyo: Poems of a Mountain Home, and The Columbia Book of Chinese Poetry: From Early Times to the Thirteenth Century, all published by Columbia.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Darth Maciek TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 10, 2013
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Considering how powerful and influent China was during most of itc history and how powerful and influent again it became during those last 35 years or so, it is actually surprising how LITTLE we know about the history of this mighty giant. The general knowledge is especially limited when ancient Chinese history is concerned - but as it turns out it is not exactly for lack of sources. Some important ancient Chinese texts ARE available in English (and sometimes also other western languages) - and none of them is as precious and powerful as the "Shi Ji" or "Records of the Grand Historian".

This is by no means the integrality of "Shi Ji" (not even close). This book contains only a selection of chapters from Sima Qian's Opus Magnum, in a very pleasant and elegant translation by the great Burton Watson, a very renowned translator of ancient Japanese and Chinese texts. Those chapters are however crucially important, because they treat of following people:

- those who between 209 and 202 BC destroyed the Qin regime and then waged a titanic struggle for domination, which ended with the establishment of possibly the most important of all Chinese dynasty - the Western Han.
- the first four rulers of Western Han: Emperor Gaozu, Empress Lu, Emperor Wen and Emperor Jing
- the most important people such as empresses, vassal kings, chancellors, ministers, generals, concubines, etc. who from 202 until 141 BC all played a part in creating the Western Han mighty state
- last but not least - the most important and powerful rebels...

As I already said it in the title, this is NOT an easy read, at least not immediately - but please believe me, it is WORTH persevering.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Herbias on April 2, 2013
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Read this after reading about the Qin dynasty. Good book but i wish the maps would better illustrate the boundaries of the various kingdoms.
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Watson is one of the great translators of the last and present centuries. My only criticism comes when he clips a little from the original Chinese text. Come on Burton, that's just where a desperate grad student, or the instructor, needed help.
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Was a wonderful easy read. I wasn't sure I could like this but found out I loved it. Would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about Chinese history.
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ms. A. Gordon-Brown on June 12, 2007
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This book is a useful accompaniment to A Thousand Pieces of Gold (Adeline Yen Mah). I purchased this book because of the constant referral to it by Yen Mah. If you enjoy historic novels of gigantic proportions then I would recommend this book.
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