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Historical records of the five dynasties

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Historical records of the five dynasties
Title
Historical records of the five dynasties
Title variation
Wu dai shi ji
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Language
eng
Summary
Only fragments of historical text from China's middle period have been translated into English, until now. Here at last is the first major Chinese historical work from the Song dynasty. Written by Ouyang Xiu, an intellectual giant of the eleventh century, this is a history of the preceding century (907-979), a period known as the Five Dynasties. The historical and literary significance of Ouyang's achievement cannot be underestimated. In rewriting the existing official history of the Five Dynasties, Ouyang -- whose own time was characterized by extraordinary intellectual and political innovation -- made several notable decisions. He rewrote the history in the "ancient" style preferred by forward-thinking literati; he even rewrote the original documents quoted within biographies. He also relied on his own moral categories, reevaluating the worth of the historical figures in light of his own convictions that individuals should take personal responsibility for the fate of society. Ouyang's history would eventually become the official version -- the last state-sanctioned dynastic history of imperial China to be written by an individual in a private capacity. In addition to its provocative insights and lucid presentation, Historical Records of the Five Dynasties is an eloquent statement on the art of historical writing in the eleventh century. A preeminent scholar of Chinese history, Richard L. Davis has provided a thorough introduction and rendered nearly two-thirds of the Chinese original into English, including complete sections critical to understanding the politics and personalities of the time. Biographical clusters based on Ouyang's moral categories also appear in full, helping readers to appreciate the Confucian agenda that informs the work
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1007-1072
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Ouyang
Dewey number
951/.018
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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1951-
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Davis, Richard L.
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China
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adult
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Historical records of the five dynasties
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online resource
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rdacarrier.
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multicolored
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent.
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MWT11859972
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unknown
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1 online resource.
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  • online
  • electronic
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Digital content provided by hoopla
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9780231502283
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computer
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rdamedia.
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  • c
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MWT11859972
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remote
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11859972
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
Historical records of the five dynasties
Link
Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
MWT11859972
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9780231502283
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • c
Publisher number
MWT11859972
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
11859972
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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