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Historical Records of the Five Dynasties (Translations from the Asian…

– tekijä: Xiu Ouyang

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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.… (lisätietoja)

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So far I have only begun this, but it is a translation of what is considered a classic of traditional Chinese historiography, a history of the five brief dynasties who claimed to rule China (chiefly northern China) in the roughly 60 years between the fall of the Tang and the rise of the Song. Itt also includes some material on the "Ten Kingdoms" who ruled in the south. I regret the decision of the translator to omit the chapters on the non-Chinese peoples of the northern and western regions. This history
is the last "official dynasty history" (as defined by later rulers) to be written by one man, the famously independent-minded brilliant stylist Xiu Ouyang. most later histories were written by committees of scholars, and in fact an earlier history of the five dynasties had been written by such a committee, but Xiu's version became so popular that it superseded the earlier version which only partially survives. Xiu insisted on treating as "legitimate" rulers some men other scholars rejected as usurpers. but at he same time he added highly personal "laments" on what he saw as the timeserving and treachery of the times. ( )
  antiquary | Jan 14, 2017 |
Davis' Historical Records of the Five Dynasties is a must for historians of medieval and late imperial China. It provides rich source material for medieval historians interested in the comparative study of court life, military history or historiography. The translation is exquisite. Davis' rendering rivals the clarity and fluency for which Ouyang Xiu's style of classical Chinese received high acclaim in Song China and beyond.
 

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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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