History repackaged in the age of print: the 'Sanguozhi' and 'Sanguo yanyi'
BULLETIN OF THE SCHOOL OF ORIENTAL AND AFRICAN STUDIES-UNIVERSITY OF LONDON | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2006
For over a millennium, the issue of the Shu-Han succession during the Three Kingdoms era (220-265 CE) has served as a proxy for debates about the relative merits of territorial control, blood relationship, and moral qualifications as grounds for imperial legitimacy in China. Debate reached a new height after the fall of north China during the twelfth century, a period when a revitalization of Confucian studies led to a greater interest in the publishing of private histories. This article deals with two little-known revisions of the official history of the Three Kingdoms period, the Sanguozhi, that sought to reflect the legitimacy debate at a time of alien conquest. It is argued that revision..View full abstract