The Tso Chuan: Selections from China's Oldest Narrative History / Edition 1

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A vivid chronicle of events in the feudal states of China between 722 and 468 B.C. the Tso Chuan has longbeen consideredboth a major historical document and and an influential literary model. Covering over 250 years, these historical narratives focus not only on the political, diplomatic, and military affairs of ancient China, but also on its economic and cultural developments during the turbulent era when warring feudal states were gradually working towards unification. ending shortly after Confucius' death in 479 B.C., the Two Chuan provides a background to the life and thought of Confucius and his followers that is available in no other work.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Asian Studies

An elegant English translations of thirty-seven of the most famous narratives in Two chuan... Sinologists who use it to check the references to Two Chuan so abundant in later writings may be confident that this translation embodies the careful scholarship of this eminent translator of Chinese texts... Those who are simply curious about ancient China may now, through Watson's selections gain entry into a world that among all the writings from the periodis uniquely Tso Chuan's own: a world marked by an eerie mixture of court intrigue, moralizing, scandal, omens, and battlefield histrionics.

Journal of Asian Studies
An elegant English translation that embodies the careful scholarship of this eminent translator of Chinese texts.
A vivid chronicle of events in the feudal states of China between 722 and 468 B.C., translated by the nonpareil Burton Watson. Originally published (cloth) in 1989. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231067157
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1992
  • Series: Translations from the Asian Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 1,495,595
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Burton Watson is one of the world's best-known translators from the Chinese and Japanese. His translations include The Lotus Sutra, The Vimalakirti Sutra, Ryokan: Zen Monk-Poet of Japan, Saigyo: Poems of a Mountain Home, and The Columbia Book of Chinese Poetry: From Early Times to the Thirteenth Century, all published by Columbia.

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Table of Contents

IntroductionTable of Principle StatesMap of Principal States

1. Two Brothers of Cheng and the Mother who Doted on the Younger2. The Revolt of the Ducal Son Chou-Hsii in Wei3. A Quarrel over Precedence4. A Wife's Dilemma5. Two Half Brothers Who Hurried to their Death6. The Deaths of Duke Huan of Lu and Duke Hsiang of Ch'i7. Duke Hsien of Chin and Lady Li8. Duke Hui of Chin9. The Battle of Han10. The Brief Career of Yu or Duke Huai of Chin11. Ch'ung-erh: The Years of Wandering12. Ch'ung-erh: The Return to Chin13. The Battle of Ch'eng-p'u14. Duke Wen of Chin's Attack on Cheng15. The Battle of Yao16. An Inglorious Defeat for Sung17. The Responsibilities of Rulership18. King Chuang of Ch'u Asks About the Cauldrons19. The Battle of Pi20. King Chuang of Ch'u Lays Siege to Sung21. An Old Man Repays a Debt of Gratitude22. The Battle of An23. The Death of Duke Ching of Chin24. Lu Hsiang Severs Relations with Ch'in25. The Battle of Yen-ling26. The Siege of Pi-yang27. The Death of Hsun Yen of Chin28. The Assassination of Duke Chuang of Ch'i29. Prince Chi-Cha of Wu30. Tzu-ch'an's Government Policies31. The Death of King Ling of Ch'u32. The Death of Duke Chuang of Chu33. The Battle between Wu and Ch'u at Po-chu34. The Battle between Ch'i and Lu at Ch'ing35. The Revolt in Wei36. The Revolt of the Lord of Po in Ch'u37. Attitudes toward the Supernatural


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