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Hou Han ji

The Annals of the Later Han (Hòu Hàn jì 後漢紀) is a Chinese history work written by Yuan Hong 袁宏 in the fourth century. Most of the Hou Han ji has not survived intact. The original version served as the base for the fifth century work Hou Han shu.


Book of Jin

The Book of Jin (Jìn shū 晉書) is one of the official Chinese historical works.
It covers the history of Jin Dynasty from 265 to 420 (thus including the fall of Wu), which written by a number of officials commissioned by the court of Tang Dynasty, with the lead editor being the Prime Minister Fang Xuanling, drawing mostly from the official documents left from the earlier archives.


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The Book of the Later Han (Hòu Hàn shū 後漢書) is an official Chinese history work compiled by Fan Ye 范曄 in the fifth century, using a number of earlier histories and documents as sources. It covers the history of Later Han from 25 to 220 AD.
The book is part of the early four historiographies of the Twenty-Four Histories canon, together with the Records of the Grand Historian, Book of Han and Records of the Three Kingdoms.


The Comprehensive Mirror for Aid in Government (Zīzhì tōngjiàn 資治通鑒) is a Chinese historiagraphy. Emperor Yingzong of Song ordered the historian Sima Guang to lead with other scholars the compilation of a universal history of China. The Zizhi tongjian exposes Chinese history from 403 BC to 959 AD, covering 16 dynasties and spanning across 1363 years.


Huayang guo zhi

The Records of the Lands South of Mt. Hua (Huáyáng guó zhí 華陽國志) is the oldest extant local history work of China. It was compiled by the Jin scholar Chang Qu in the fourth century. The title is derived from the area that is the theme of book.


The Records of the Three Kingdoms (Sānguó zhì 三國志) is regarded as the official and authoritative historical text covering the Three Kingdoms. It was written by Chen Shou during the third century, the work combines the smaller histories of the three rivalling kingdoms.
The work was annotated by Pei Songzhi in the fifth century, making it three times longer than the original.


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