Seven Military Classics

The Seven Military Classics were seven important military texts of ancient China. Six Secret Teachings The Civil Strategy: The Civil Strategy provides the narrative of how Jiang Ziya came to dictate the Six Secret Teachings to King Wen, and elaborates on...

History of China: timeline

Contents of Timeline Prehistory 1.1 Paleolithic (3.3 Ma ~ 12 ka) 1.2 Neolithic 1.3 Bronze Age Ancient China 2.1 Xia dynasty (2070–1600 BC) 2.2 Shang dynasty (1600–1046 BC) 2.3 Zhou dynasty (1046–256 BC) 2.4 Spring and Autumn period (722–476 BC) 2.5 Warring...

Toqto’a of Yuan Dynasty: the Grand Historian who compiled histories of three dynasties

Toqto’a (1314-1356) was a Yuan official historian and high-ranking minister of the Yuan dynasty. In 1343, with an imperial order, Toqto’a led a team of officials to quickly compile dynastic histories of the Liao, Jin and Song dynasties. Due to the dispute over whether the...

Two Sima Masters as China’s most honored and popular historians

In five thousand years of Chinese history, Sima Clan family produced the best known and most important historians. Sima Qian and Sima Guang top the list. Sima Qian is considered the father of Chinese historiography for his Records...

Banquet at Hongmen

Xiang Yu's troops came to Hangu Pass in former Qin territory. The pass was guarded by (Liu Bang's) soldiers so could not get through. Apart from this, it was said that Pei Gong...

殷本紀 – Annals of Yin

Qi of Yin's mother was Jian Di, who was one of the daughters of Yousong and the secondary wife of Emperor Ku. She was going with her two sisters to bathe, when she saw...

夏本紀 – Annals of the Xia Dynasty

Yu of Xia was styled Wenming. Yu's father was Gun, whose father was the Emperor Zhuanxu, whose father was Changyi, whose father was Huangdi; so Yu was Huangdi's great-great-grandson, and Zhuanxu's grandson. Yu's great-grandfather...

五帝本紀 – Annals of the Five Emperors

Huangdi (Yellow emperor) was the son of Shaodian. His surname was Gongsun, and his prename Xuanyuan. Born a genius he could speak when a baby, as a boy he was quick and smart, as...

Records of the Grand Historian by Sima Qian

The Records of the Grand Historian (太史公書), now usually known as the Shǐjì (史記, "The Scribe's Records"), is a monumental history of ancient China and the world finished around 94 BC by the Han...

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