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This is the first complete English translation of Lüshi chunqiu, compiled in 239 BC under the patronage of Lü Buwei, prime minister to the ruler of the state of Qin, later to become the first emperor of a unified China. Lü retained a group of scholars whose aim was to encompass the world's knowledge in one great encyclopedia. The Annals of Lü Buwei recounts in engaging, straightforward, and readable prose the great variety of beliefs and customs of its time. The work is one of the great monuments of Chinese thinking, inspired by a vision of a universal empire ruled by principles that assured harmony between man and nature. In addition to revealing an advanced state of technical knowledge, The Annals also took into account every philosophical trend of the day. It provides an essential tool for anyone interested in the Chinese intellectual world of the third century BC.