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Worlds of bronze and bamboo : Sima Qian's conquest of history

Author: Grant Hardy
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Sima Qian (C. 100 B.C.E.) was China's first historian - he was known as Grand Astrologer at the court of Emperor Wu during the Han dynasty - and, along with Confucius and the First Emperor of Qin, was one of the creators of imperial China. His Shiji not only became the model for the twenty-six Standard Histories that the historians of each Chinese dynasty wrote to legitimize the dynastic succession, but also has
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Qian Sima; Qian Sima; Qian Sima; Qian Sima
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Grant Hardy
ISBN: 0231113048 9780231113045 0231113056 9780231113052
OCLC Number: 40489168
Description: xviii, 301 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Why History? --
The Role of History in Chinese Culture --
Sima Qian and History --
Representing the World --
The Structure of the Shiji --
Reading the Structure --
A Bamboo World --
Microcosmic Reading I --
The Web of History --
Multiple Narrations --
Microcosmic Reading II --
The Significance of Events --
Assessing Generalizations --
Shaping the World --
Judgmental History --
The Shiji as a Hermeneutical Tool --
Transforming the World --
Confucian Reading I --
Guiding Interpretation --
Chronicling the Sage --
Confucian Reading II --
A World of Bronze --
Contesting the World --
Understanding the World --
Fitting the Times --
The Limits of Rationality --
Knowing and Being Known.
Other Titles: Sima Qian's conquest of history
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Sima Qian was China's first historian, and his Shiji has been an enormously influential resource to historians, literary scholars, and philosophers. Hardy juxtaposes Qian with the Greek historians,  Read more...

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