This work, first published in 1897, is neither more nor less than the history of China as it has been written during successive ages by the authorized historians of the Empire. The documents on which the work is based, together with the writings of Confucius and Mencius, are the only truly authentic sources from which the story of the long-lived nation can be obtained. Commencing with the mythical and legendary periods, the work moves on through successive dynasties until that of the Ts’ing concluding its account in the early years of the twentieth century.
1. The Mythical Period 2. & 3. The Legendary Period 4. The Hia Dynasty 5. The Shang Dynasty 6. & 7. The Chow Dynasty 8. The Ts’in Dynasty 9. The Han Dynasty 10. The Later Han Dynasty 11. The Later Kingdoms 12. The Western Tsin Dynasty 13. & 14. The Eastern Tsin Dynasty 15. The Sung Dynasty 16. The Ts’i Dynasty 17. The Liang Dynasty 18. The Ch’en Dynasty 19. The Sui Dynasty 20. & 21. & 22. The T’ang Dynasty 23. The Era of the Five Dynasties 24. & 25. The Sung Dynasty 26. & 27. The Southern Sung Dynasty 28. & 29. The Yuan Dynasty 30. & 31. The Ming Dynasty 32. & 33. & 34. The Ts’ing Dynasty