==============================================================The A to Z of Medieval China
by Victor Cunrui Xiong: General Political History extending into the period after the Three Kingdoms as well.http://www.amazon.com/Medieval-China-Gu ... eval+chinaThe A to Z of Medieval China
by Victor Cunrui Xiong is similar in structure to Dr. Rafe de Crespigny's Biographical Dictionary of the Three Kingdoms
. Unfortunately, when it comes to information about the Three Kingdoms it tends to be vague and non-descriptive. While it is not a stellar guide to the Three Kingdoms period individually, it is a good guide overall for the period from approximately AD 189 (when the Late-Han started declining) to the end of the 10th century, which is roughly when the Song dynasty was founded. Notably, the book also contains a highly useful chronology section to help readers understand China's complicated political history from the end of the Han dynasty to the beginning of the Song.
================================================================Ts'ao P'i Transcendent: Political Culture and Dynasty-Founding in China at the End of the Han
by Howard L. Goodman: Wei Political Historyhttp://www.amazon.com/Tsao-Pi-Transcend ... anscendentTs'ao Pi' Transcendent: Political Culture and Dynasty-Founding in China at the End of the Han
details how Cao Pi attempted to legitimize his regime after the last Han Emperor abdicated. Howard Goodman adopts a critical stance toward Cao Pi and offers some explanations for his successes as well as failures in trying to legitimize the Wei dynasty. He spends some time talking about the Sima family, for example. Goodman notably attempts to provide information about several of Cao Pi's supporters, including a rather lengthy chapter on Zhang Lu.
=======================================================Talent of Shu,: Qiao Zhou and the Intellectual World of Early Medieval Sichuan
by J. Michael Farmer: Shu-Han Political HIstoryhttp://www.amazon.com/Talent-Shu-Intell ... =qiao+zhou
J. Michael Farmer's stated goal in writing [/i]Talent of Shu: Qiao Zhou and the Intellectual World of Early Medieval Sichuan[/i] seems to have been to try to disprove negative assessments of scholarly activity in Southwestern China before and during the Three Kingdoms era. He traces a lineage of scholars who were active in the region, discusses their intellectual accomplishments and then spends most of the rest of the book discussing Qiao Zhou individually. Farmer's discussion of Qiao Zhou is multifaceted because it delves on both Qiao Zhou's scholarly accomplishments and his role as an official within the Shu-Han court. When writing about the latter, Farmer reveals a great deal about the inner-workings of the Shu-Han court and the factionalism inherent in its later politics. This is probably one of the best books in English to learn more about Shu-Han's later years and, of course, to learn about Qiao Zhou's role in history in particular.
Zhuge Liang and the Northern Campaigns by John Killigrew: Military History or Shu-Han Political History. It can fit in either category because the purpose of this article is an assessment of the military worth of Zhuge Liang's campaigns.http://clasnews.clas.ufl.edu/webtemps/m ... ligrew.pdf
Killigrew's essay on Zhuge Liang, drawing mainly on the Sanguozhi but also on other sources, offers insight into the successes and failures behind Zhuge Liang's Northern Campaigns. As Zhuge Liang is a heavily romanticized figure, Killigrew's realistic historical descriptions and interpretations are likely to be of huge help to newcomers to the historical aspects of the Three Kingdoms period still trying to separate fact from fiction. Killigrew offers lengthy explanations about Zhuge Liang's Longzhong dui, a grand strategy that formed the basis of Liu Bei's and Zhuge Liang's military/political policies. He also provides descriptions of each one of Zhuge Liang's Northern Campaigns and why they did not succeed. At the end, he offers an overall evaluation of Zhuge Liang which is fair and impartial, ultimately arguing that although Zhuge Liang clearly did not succeed in his articulated objective of seizing Chang'an, he might have succeeded in some other ways. Killigrew also seems to argue that while Zhuge Liang's strategies were overly rigid in some ways, he was a clever tactician and master of "ambuscades."
=============================================================Classical Chinese Writers of the Pre-Tang Period
: Cultural History (Social History?). If I recall right, this contained poems from Cao Cao, Cao Pi, Cao Zhi and one of Lu Xun's descendents who served under Western Jin. http://www.amazon.com/Classical-Pre-Tan ... ang+PeriodClassical Chinese Writers of the Pre-Tang Period
contains several poems written by Cao Cao, Cao Pi and Cao Zhi. It also offers explanations of when and why the poems were written and contains some biographical information about the Cao family. Finally, it contains some writings of one of Lu Xun's descendants who served under Western Jin, whose name escapes me at the moment. If you want to read English translations of the poems by Cao Cao, Cao Pi and Cao Zhi, you can find them here. All three are noted poets and well-respected in the history of Chinese literature. Cao Pi also is known for writing a commentary on literature as a whole.
===============================================================Three Kingdoms and Chinese Culture
: Cultural History (Social History?). This is actually about the novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms
but it talks a bit about the historiography behind the novel. For the most part, however, it discusses the novel's role in Chinese culture and how that was developed through later forms of media such as theater.http://www.amazon.com/Three-Kingdoms-Ch ... se+culture
“Climate Change And Migrations of People During the Jin Dynasty.” Early Medieval China vol. 13-14 by Connie Chin: Political History of Jin
A deconstruction of the classical narrative of Jin history which blames the War of the Six Princes for the fall of Western Jin. Chin's article actually discusses how climate change and desertification of the northern steppe created an impulse for migration among non-Chinese people on the frontier that was actually the major cause for the collapse of the Western Jin dynasty.
This one is a very "Annales School" way of looking at the Western Jin due to its environmental determinism. Well worth a read.
"Cai Yan and the Poems Attributed to Her" in Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews (CLEAR) Vol. 5, No. 1/2 (Jul., 1983) by Hans Frankel: Cultural/Social History?
An attempt to deconstruct myths behind Cai Yan, arguing that her "poems" were actually later works falsely attributed to her.
“The Kingdoms of Nanzhong China’s Southwest Border Region Prior to the Eighth Century.” in T’oung Pao 95.4 (2009) by John Herman: Political History
This one only spends a few pages talking about 3k and Jin personages. It talks about the region of Nanzhong as a whole in early Chinese history. In particular it deals with the Cuan family of Nanzhong, which played some role in the histories of Shu-Han and Jin. It also discusses Zhuge Liang's Southern campaign and the rebels such as Yong Kai who were his opposition.
Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy Biography of Zhong Hui http://www.iep.utm.edu/zhonghui/
A loose biography of Zhong Hui with a focus on his philosophical contributions to Chinese history. The Zhong family which served Wei were notable scholars and had a particular interest in the writings of Laozi. Zhong Hui, despite his name being blackened by his eventual rebellion against the Sima family, was well respected as a politician, tactician and philosopher.
This channel contains several videos made by CCTV about the Seven Sages of the bamboo Grove. Unfortunately, the user doesn't have a playlist exclusively for them so I linked to his channel.
I cannot vouch for the accuracy of the video because I don't know much about the topic, but I found it interesting while I was browsing youtube one day.
Article on Xuanxue (literally "mysterious learning" or "black learning" but it was a revival movement of Daoism that reached its zenith period during Cao Shuang's regime in Wei and the early years of Jin)
Anything by Dr. Rafe de Crespigny are great. There are probably a few more you can add to your list. Some are better than others. Northern Frontier, Generals of the South, his translations of the Zizhi Tongjian chapters ("To Establish Peace") are better than his biography of Cao Cao. His biography of Cao Cao isn't bad but it's a lot of information you can find elsewhere. I also like Leban's dissertation better, having read both (Leban's cuts off at a certain date, though, and isn't as complete a biography as de Crespigny's).
Do any of you guys have books that discuss Ma Jun, the Seven sages of the bamboo grove or other philosophers, painters or cultural figures? I thought there were a few floating around.