The Grand Scribe's Records

The Grand Scribe's Records - Volume VIII

The Memoirs of Han China, Part I
Ssu-ma Ch'ien
William H. Nienhauser, Jr., editor. Meghan Cai, Stephen Durrant, Reinhard Emmerich, Hans van Ess, Qian Liu, Christian Meyer, William H. Nienhauser, Jr., Marc Nurnberger, Michael Schimmelpfennig, Judith Suwald, Wang Jing, and Zhao Hua, translators
Distribution: World
Publication date: 7/21/2008
Format: cloth 512 pages
6.125 x 9.25
ISBN: 978-0-253-34028-3
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The 16 chapters translated herein continue the biographies of individuals in pre-Han China presented in volume seven of The Grand Scribe's Records. The reader is introduced to the major supporters and rivals of the founders of the Han Dynasty: the generals, advisors, strategists, and ministers who helped to shape the foundations of the first sustained empire in Chinese history. Although these men were often of common stock, they influenced the development of many aspects of the Han culture, a culture which in turn served as a model for subsequent eras. Based on oral and written accounts as well as on administrative records, these biographies range stylistically from anecdotal tales to repetitious reports of achievements in battle. The failure of the first five Han emperors to trust the loyalty of their subordinates is a leitmotif in many of these chapters. But the individual motifs that echo other sections of the Grand Scribe's Records—unrecognized heroes, both loyal and disloyal retainers, broken friendships, and faithless lovers—also appear in these pages.

Author Bio

Ssu-ma Ch'ien (145–ca. 86 BC), China's greatest historian and an important official in the Han dynasty, compiled the history of his culture from its beginnings through the end of the 2nd century BCE.

William H. Nienhauser, Jr., is Halls-Bascom Professor of Classical Chinese Literature at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Reviews

"These volumes are most welcome. . . . The English translation has been done meticulously, with full scholarly apparatus. . . . These volumes are essential library additions." —Choice

"[T]he Grand Scribe's Records volume 8 is a remarkable achievement and an interesting experiment in combining something resembling a traditional Chinese commentarial style with a Western scholarly context. . . . And, as with previous volumes, the intrepid beginner or the careful specialist will find volume 8 to be ahelpful aid to research on the Shiji." —China Review International

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
On Using This Book
Weights and Measures
List of Abbreviations

Memoir 29 (William H. Nienhauser, Jr. , translator)
Memoir 30 (Stephen Durrant, translator)
Memoir 31 (Meghan Cai and Qian Liu, translators)
Memoir 32 (Wang Jing, translator)
Memoir 33 (Reinhard Emmerich, translator)
Memoir 34 (Zhao Hua, translator)
Memoir 35 (William H. Nienhauser, Jr., translator)
Memoir 36 (William H. Nienhauser, Jr., translator)
Memoir 37 (Hans van Ess, translator)
Memoir 38 (Michael Schimmelpfennig, translator)
Memoir 39 (Christian Meyer, translator)
Memoir 40 (Judith Suwald, translator)
Memoir 41 (Marc Nurnberger, translator)
Memoir 42 (Hans van Ess, translator)
Memoir 43 (Wang Jing, translator)
Memoir 44 (Hans van Ess, translator)

Frequently Mentioned Commentators
Biographical Sketches of
Shih chi Commentators (Erich Haenisch and Liu Po-chuang)
Erratum
Selected Recent Studies of the
Shih chi
Index