The First Emperor

The First Emperor

Selections From the Historical Records

Book - 2007
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'The following year Qin unified all under Heaven and the title of August Emperor was immediately adopted.'The short-lived Qin dynasty unified China in 221 BC and created an imperial legacy that lasted until 1911. The extraordinary story of the First Emperor, founder of the dynasty, is told in the Historical Records of Sima Qian, the Grand Historiographer and the most famous Chinese historian. Hedescribes the Emperor's birth and the assassination attempt on his life, as well as the political and often brutal events that led to the founding of the dynasty and its aftermath. Sima Qian recounts the building of the Great Wall, the 'burning of the books', and the construction of the FirstEmperor's magnificent tomb, a tomb now world famous since the discovery of the terracotta warriors in 1974. Sima Qian's love of anecdote ensures that his history is never dull, and Raymond Dawson's fluent translation captures his lively and vivid style. Chronicling recent archaeologicaldevelopments and questioning Sima Qian's biases, K. E. Brashier's preface highlights the importance of the Grand Historiographer's account and Dawson's translation in the twenty-first century.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007
ISBN: 9780199226344
0199226342
Branch Call Number: DS747.9.Q254 S56 2007
Characteristics: xxxviii, 165 p. : ill., maps ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Dawson, Raymond

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Nov 30, 2015

A brief selection of a great ancient historical work.
There were too few maps (only one, and it lacked a legend), and no charts that outline lineages, power structure, etc.
I myself regularly got confused by all the names, of both people and places , but that's because I'm not familiar with Chinese names, it just ends up as "X..(followed by eight letters)".

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