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Sources of Shang history : the oracle-bone inscriptions of bronze age China

Author: David N Keightley
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, [1978] ©1978
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The sources of Shang history is focused on the era of the eight or nine kings from Wu Ting to Ti Hsin for which contemporary Shang inscriptions, a series of divination inscriptions carved onto approximately one hundred thousand scapula and plastron fragments over three thousand years ago, are available.
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Genre/Form: History
Sources
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David N Keightley
ISBN: 0520029690 9780520029699
OCLC Number: 4596007
Description: xvii, 281 pages, 15 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations ; 32 cm
Contents: Chapter 1. Shang divination procedures --
Chapter 2. The divination inscriptions --
Chapter 3. Deciphering the inscriptions --
Chapter 4. Dating the inscriptions --
Chapter 5. The oracle-bone inscriptions as historical sources --
Appendix 1. Identification of the inscribed turtle shells of Shang / by James F. Berry --
Appendix 2. The ratio of scapulas to plastrons --
Appendix 3. The size of the sample --
Appendix 4. Absolute chronology: a brief note --
Appendix 5. Relative chronology: the periodicity of divination topics and idioms.
Responsibility: David N. Keightley.

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The sources of Shang history is focused on the era of the eight or nine kings from Wu Ting to Ti Hsin for which contemporary Shang inscriptions, a series of divination inscriptions carved onto approximately one hundred thousand scapula and plastron fragments over three thousand years ago, are available.

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