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Table of contents for Worlds of bronze and bamboo : Sima Qian's conquest of history / Grant Hardy.




    CONTENTS
    
    Acknowledgments                    		       ix
    Preface                                            xi
    
    1. INTRODUCTION: WHY HISTORY?          		1
         The Role of History in Chinese Culture   	5
         Sima Qian and History               	       14
    
    2. REPRESENTING THE WORLD          		       27
         The Structure of the Shiji                    29
         Reading the Structure                         42
         A Bamboo World                                48
    
    3. MICROCOSMIC READING I               	       61
         The Web of History                 	       62
         Multiple Narrations                           73
    
    4. MICROCOSMIC READING II                          86
         The Significance of Events                    87
         Assessing Generalizations                    102
    
    5. SHAPING THE WORLD               		      114
         Judgmental History                           115
         The Shiji as a Hermeneutical Tool            127
         Transforming the World                       136

    6. CONFUCIAN READING I                            142
         Guiding Interpretation                       142
         Chronicling the Sage                         153

    7. CONFUCIAN READING II                	      169
         A World of Bronze                            170
         Contesting the World                         184
    
    8. UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD                        194
         Fitting the Times                            105
         The Limits of Rationality                    202
         Knowing and Being Known                      209

         Epilogue                                     213
         Notes                                        219
         Glossary                                     263
         Bibliography                                 277
         Index                                        289