Seven Military Classics

The Civil Strategy provides the narrative of how Jiang Ziya came to dictate the Six Secret Teachings to King Wen, and elaborates on how the state must be organized in order to provide a logistical base for any future military expansion.

History of China: timeline

What is now China was inhabited by Homo erectus more than a million years ago. Recent study shows that the stone tools found at Xiaochangliang site are magnetostratigraphically dated to 1.36 million years ago. 

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

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.

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.

Banquet at Hongmen

King Xiang accepted the jade and put it on the table. Yafu took the jade pecks, put them on the ground and broke them with his sword, saying (to Xiang Yu): "Ah! You idiot, I cannot help you! It shall be Pei Gong who will defeat you. We all will be imprisoned by him!" Upon arriving in his camp, Pei Gong executed Cao Wushang.

殷本紀 – Annals of Yin

From Qi to Tang the Completer there were eight changes of the capital. Tang at first dwelt in Bo, choosing the residence of the first king, and the 'Emperor's Announcement' was written.

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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