From Shang to Ming (For My Own Reference)

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Classical Historiography for Chinese History 中國經典文獻工具書錄

(20) Shang 商 Dynasty (trad. 1766-1123 B. C.)


  • Cheng, Tei K’un. Archaeology in China, Vol. II: Shang China. Cambridge, England: Heffer, 1960.

  • Creel, Herrlee G. The Birth of China. New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, 1937; paperback reprint, Ungar, 1954. Also covers Chou dynasty.

  • Eberhard, Wolfram, “The Formation of Chinese Civilization According to Socio-Anthropological Analysis," Sociologus VII A (1957), 97-112.

  • Ho, P’ing-ti. The Cradle of the East. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1975.

  • Keightley, David, ed. Origins of Chinese Civilization. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1982.

  • —. Sources of Shang History: The Oracle-Bone Inscriptions of Bronze Age China. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1979.

  • Loewe, Michael, & Edward Shaughnessy, eds. The Cambridge History of Ancient China: From the origins of civilization to 221 B.C. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999. This work provides a survey of the cultural history of pre-imperial China. Fourteen of the leading Western specialists, both historians and archeologists, cover the Shang, Western Zhou, Spring and Autumn, Warring States, Neolithic background, language, intellectual history, relations with Central Asia, and debts of both the Qin and Han empires to these earlier time-periods. There are chapters on institutional history, based on both traditional and palaeographic literature, and on material culture, based on the archaeological record.

(22) Zhou 周 Dynasty (1122?-256 B. C. )


  • Bodde, Derk, “Feudalism in China," in Rushton Coulborn, ed., Feudalism in History. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1956, pp. 49-92.

  • Cook, Constance and John Major, eds., Defining Chu: Image and Reality in Ancient China. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1999.

  • Creel, Herlee G. “The Beginnings of Bureaucracy in China: The Origin of the Hsien," Journal of Asian Studies, 23 (1964), pp. 155-184. Also in What is Taoism?

  • —. The Origins of Statecraft in China. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1970.

  • Di Cosmo, Nicola. Ancient China and Its Enemies: The Rise of Nomadic Power in East Asian History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.

  • Granet, Marcel. Chinese Civilization. London: Kegan Paul, 1930; paperback reprint, N. Y.: Meridian Books, 1958.

  • Hsu, Cho-yun. Ancient China in Transition. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1968.

  • —, & Katheryn Linduff. Western Chou Civilization. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1988.

  • Lewis, Mark. Sanctioned Violence in Early China. Albany: SUNY Press, 1990.

  • Li, Waiyee. The Readability of the Past in Early Chinese Historiography. Cambridge: Harvard East Asian Monographs, 2005.

  • Li, Xueqin. Eastern Zhou and Qin Civilizations. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1986.

  • Maspero, Henri. La Chine Antique. Paris: Imprimerie Nationale, rev. ed., 1955.

  • Puett, Michael. To Become a God: Cosmology, Sacrifice, and Self-Divinization in Early China. Cambridge: Harvard University Asia Center, 2002.

  • Poo, Mu-chou. In Search of Personal Welfare: A View of Ancient Chinese Religion. Albany: SUNY Press, 1998.

  • Schaberg, David. “Foundations of Chinese Historiography: Literary Representation in Zuo zhuan and Guoyu." Harvard University Ph.D. dissertation in East Asian Lnaguages and Cultures, 1996.

  • —, A Patterned Past: Form and Thought in Early Chinese Historiography. Cambridge: Harvard University Asia Center, 2002.

  • Shaughnessy, Edward. Sources of Western Zhou History: Inscribed Bronze Vessels. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1991.

  • —, ed. New Sources of Early Chinese History: An Introduction to Reading Inscriptions and Manuscripts. Berkeley: Society for the Study of Early China and the Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, 1997.

  • von Falkenhausen, Lothar. Suspended Music: Chime Bells in the Culture of Bronze Age China. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993.

  • Walker, Richard Louis. The Multi-state System of Ancient China. Hamden, Conn.: Shoe String Press, 1953.


(23) Qin 秦 Dynasty (255-207 B. C.)


  • Bodde, Derk. China’s First Unifier. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1938; reprint, Hong Kong University Press, 1966.

  • —, trans. Statesman, Patriot and General in Ancient China. New Haven: American Oriental Society, 1940; reprint, New York: Kraus Reprint Corporation, 1967.

  • Kern, Martin. The Stele Inscriptions of Ch’in Shih-huang: Text and Ritual in Early Chinese Imperial Representation. New Haven: American Oriental Society, 2000.

  • Li, Yu-ning. The First Emperor: The Politics of Historiography. White Plains, New York: International and Sciences Press, 1975.

  • Ssu-ma, Ch’ien. Records of the Historian. Translated by Yang Hsien-yi & Gladys Yang. Hong Kong: Commercial Press, 1974.

  • Watson, Burton. Courtier and Commoner in Ancient China. New York: Columbia University Press, 1974.

(24) Han 漢 Dynasties (206 B. C. – A. D. 220) & Medieval China (San guo 三 國 [Era of the Three Kingdoms])


  • Beck, B.J. Mansvelt. The Treatises of Later Han: Their Author, Sources, Contents and Place in Chinese Historiography. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1990.

  • Berkowitz, Alan. Patterns of Disengagement: The Practice and Portrayal of Reclusion in Early Medieval China. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2000.

  • Bielenstein, Hans. “The Restoration of the Han Dynasty," Bulletin of the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, XXVI (1954), 1-209 and XXXI (1959), 1-187. Stockholm: Oestasiatiska Museet. Bulletin, 1954.

  • Birrell, Anne. Popular Songs and Ballads of Han China. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1993.

  • Bodde, Derk. Festivals in Classical China. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1975.

  • Campany, Robert Ford. Strange Writing: Anomoly Accounts in Early Medieval China. Albany: SUNY Press, 1995.

  • Chen, Chi-yun. Hsun Yueh (A.D. 148-209): the Life and Reflections of an Early Medieval Confucian. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1975.

  • Cheng, Ann. Etude sur le Confucianisme Han. Paris: College de France, Institut des Hautes Etudes chinoises, 1985.

  • Ch’u, T’ung-tsu. Han Social Structure, Vol. I. Edited by Jack Dull. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1972.

  • Cutter, Robert, & William Gordon, trans. Empresses and Consorts: Selections from Chen Shou’s Records of the Three States with Pei Songzhi’s Commentary. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1999.

  • de Crespigny, Rafe, trans. Emperor Huan and Emperor Ling: Being the Chronicle of Later Han for the Years 157 to 189 A.D. as recorded in Chapters 54-59 of the Zizhi Tongjian of Sima Guang. Australian National University Monograph. Canberra: Faculty of Asian Studies, Australian National University, 1989.

  • —, trans. To Establish Peace: Being the Chronicle of Later Han for the Years 189 to 220 A.D. as recorded in Chapters 59-69 of the Zizhi Tongjian of Sima Guang. Australian National University Monograph. Canberra: Faculty of Asian Studies, Australian National University, 1997.

  • —. Northern Frontier: The Policies and Strategy of the Later Han Empire. Australian National University Monograph. Canberra: Faculty of Asian Studies, Australian National University, 1984.

  • —. Generals of the South: The Foundation and Early History of the Three Kingdoms State of Wu. Australian National University Monograph. Canberra: Faculty of Asian Studies, Australian National University, 1990.

  • —. The Records of the Three Kingdoms: A Study in the HIstoriography of San-kuo-chih. Canberra: Australian National University, 1970.

  • Dien, Albert, ed. State and Society in Early Medieval China. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1990.

  • Dubbs, Homer H., trans. History of the Former Han Dynasty. 3 vols. Baltimore: Waverly Press, 1938, 1944, 1955.

  • Durrant, Stephen. The Cloudy Mirror: Tension and Conflict in the Writings of Sima Qian. Albany: SUNY Press.

  • Eberhard, Wolfram. “The Political Function of Astronomy and Astronomers in Han China." In John K. Fairbank, ed. Chinese Thought and Institutions. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1957. pp. 33-70.

  • Ebrey, Patricia. The Aristocratic Families of Early Imperial China. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1978.

  • Gale, Esson M., trans. Discourses on Salt and Iron: A Debate on State Control of Commerce and Industry in Ancient China. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1931.

  • Goodman, Howard. Ts’ao P’i Transcendant: Political Culture and Dynasty-Founding in China at the End of the Han. Curzon Books, University of Hawaii Press, 1999.

  • Hardy, Grant. Worlds of Bronze and Bamboo: Sima Qian’s Conquest of History. New York: Columbia University Press, 1999.

  • Holcombe, Charles. In the Shadow of the Han: Literati Thought and Society at the Beginning of the Southern Dynasties. Honolulu: University of Hawaii, 1994.

  • Hulsewe, A. F. P. Remnants of Han Law, Vol. I. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1955.

  • Kinney, Anne Behnke. Representations of Childhood and Youth in Early China. Stanford University Press, 2004.

  • Kleeman, Terry. Great Perfection: Religion and Ethnicity in a Chinese Millennial Kingdom. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1998.

  • Lewis, Mark. Writing and Authority in Early China, Albany: SUNY Press, 1999.

  • Loewe, Michael. Everyday Life in Early Imperial China. New York: Harper and Row, 1970.

  • —. Records of Han Administration. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1975.

  • —. Chinese Ideas of Life and Death: Faith, Myth and Reason in the Han Period (202 BC – AD 220). London: Allen and Unwin, 1982.

  • —. Divination, Mythology, and Monarchy in Han China. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994.

  • —. ed., A Biographical Dictionary of the Qin, Former Han and Xin Periods (221 BC – AD 24). Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2000.

  • Major, John. Heaven and Earth in Early Han Thought: Chapters Three, Four, and Five of the Huainanzi. Albany: SUNY Press.

  • Queen, Sarah. From Chronicle to Canon: The Hermeneutics of the Spring and Autumn Annals, According to Tung Chung-shu. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.

  • Senor, Denis. The Cambridge History of Early Inner Asia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990.

  • Swann, Nancy Lee. Food and Money in Ancient China. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1950.

  • Tjan, Tjoe Som 曾 珠 森 . Po hu t’ung: the Comprehensive Discussions in the White Tiger Hall. 2 vols. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1949-52.

  • Twitchett, Denis, & Michael Loewe, eds. Cambridge History of China. Vol. 1. The Ch’in and Han Empires 221 B.C. – A.D. 220. Cambridge; Cambridge University Press, 1986.

  • Wang, Yu-ch’uan. “An Outline of the Central Government of the Former Han Dynasty," Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies XII (1949), 134-187.

  • Watson, Burton, trans. Records of the Grand Historian of China. 2 vols. New York: Columbia University Press, 1961.

  • Wilbur, C. Martin, Slavery in China During the Former Han Dynasty. Chicago: Field Museum of Natural History, 1943.

  • Yang, Lien-sheng. Money and Credit in China. Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph series XII. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1952.

  • Young, Gregory. Three Generals of Later Han. Australian National University Monograph. Canberra: Faculty of Asian Studies, Australian National University, 1990.

  • Yu, Ying-shih. Trade and Expansion in Han China. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1967.\

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