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Re: Introduce yourself and tell us a bit about you.

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:45 pm

Hi Qin Feng, welcome

Is there a particular time frame or angle within the period your looking at?

Sin Sun Fin linked to Professor Rafe's work, Established Peace section gives a good overview of the main parts of the era up to Cao Cao's death. Be aware of the novel as as a starting point in that is heavily fictionalized and was selling the author's needs of his own time, it is a very good read and important for it's cultural value but risk bringing certain bias or views that might impact your essay. Then again, as Sun Fin asks, you can always ask "is this bit real"
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Re: Introduce yourself and tell us a bit about you.

Unread postby Qin Feng » Sun Apr 15, 2018 6:14 pm

Dong Zhou wrote:Hi Qin Feng, welcome

Is there a particular time frame or angle within the period your looking at?

Sin Sun Fin linked to Professor Rafe's work, Established Peace section gives a good overview of the main parts of the era up to Cao Cao's death. Be aware of the novel as as a starting point in that is heavily fictionalized and was selling the author's needs of his own time, it is a very good read and important for it's cultural value but risk bringing certain bias or views that might impact your essay. Then again, as Sun Fin asks, you can always ask "is this bit real"


Not really, I don't think I know enough about it to know what I'm going to focus my essay on. However reading as much as I can about it is more than fine. I'm aware of the bias in this novel (if I remember correctly, Cao Cao was traditionally seen as the true successor to the Han, but eventually some dynasties claimed Liu Bei was the true successor, for reasons I don't remember at the moment), but the point is to have a general understanding of the events that happened. I know some of them didn't exit (Like the battle of Hu Lao gate I think), and some of them may be exaggerated to be flashier and more appealing as a story :lol:
Thanks for your words.
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Re: Introduce yourself and tell us a bit about you.

Unread postby Sun Fin » Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:22 am

The essay from the Cambridge History, that you'd already found, ends with a pretty good section on the various kingdoms perceived legitimacy!

In terms of the novel Shu are presented as the valiant hero who ultimately full short, Wei is the villain whilst Wu are treated like a sub plot and largely pushed to the side.
Interested in the history behind the novel? Find a list of english language Three Kingdom sources here.
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