- Paperback: 298 pages
- Publisher: University of California Press; 1st edition (July 25, 1985)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0520054555
- ISBN-13: 978-0520054554
- Product Dimensions: 12 x 8.9 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,268,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sources of Shang History: The Oracle-Bone Inscriptions of Bronze Age China Paperback – July 25, 1985
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Chapter 1 covers the nature of the bones (and shells) themselves--how they were prepared for writing, how they were treated to ensure cracking, and how the heating was carried out.
Chapter 2 covers the basic nature of the inscriptions and the interpretation of the cracks.
Chapter 3 provides more details about the inscriptions and their decipherment.
Chapter 4 discusses the principles involved in dating oracle bones.
Chapter 5 treats the inscriptions as historical source material. This included a discussion of authenticity.
There are a number of appendixes, with more details and a couple of chronologies.
The book contains lots of useful illustrations and charts, as well as a lengthy bibliography. The target audience is "those who are working with, or want to work with, the oracle-bone inscriptions", but it is also of value to those who are interested in either ancient Chinese history, or the origins of the Chinese writing system.