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The Goujian Story in Antiquity

Paul A. Cohen

in Speaking to History: The Story of King Goujian in Twentieth-Century China

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520255791
eISBN:
9780520942394
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520255791.003.0001
Subject:
History, Asian History

Before looking at the variety of ways in which the figure of Goujian assumed meaning for Chinese in the twentieth century, this chapter examines the story itself. In reconstructing the Goujian story, ... More


Running Amok in Early Chinese Narrative

Eric Henry

in Behaving Badly in Early and Medieval China

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780824867812
eISBN:
9780824875671
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824867812.003.0010
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter discusses the penchant for suicidal depravity and violence observable in many characters in Zuozhuan左傳‎, the text which, above all others, stresses the paramount importance of ritual ... More


Copulating with One’s Stepmother—Or Birth Mother?

Paul R. Goldin

in Behaving Badly in Early and Medieval China

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780824867812
eISBN:
9780824875671
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824867812.003.0003
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter discusses the reviled but well-attested ancient Chinese practice of zheng烝‎, or copulating with a deceased father’s concubine. Certain social structures, notably institutionalized ... More


Bronze Age Origins

Geoffrey Redmond and Tze-ki Hon

in Teaching the I Ching (Book of Changes)

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2014
ISBN:
9780199766819
eISBN:
9780199396481
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199766819.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World

The Yijing shares with the Hebrew Old Testament and the Indian Vedas the distinction of being one of the three oldest books in continuous use. The texts in the early portion consist of a variety of ... More


Pre-Qin Annals

Wai-yee Li

in The Oxford History of Historical Writing: Volume 1: Beginnings to AD 600

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199218158
eISBN:
9780191804243
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199218158.003.0018
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter considers an annalistic account known as the Chunqiu [Spring and Autumn Annals], the earliest extant systematic record of the past in the Chinese tradition. It discusses three commentary ... More


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