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Fire over Luoyang: A History of the Later Han Dynasty 23–220 AD, by Rafe de Crespigny. Sinica Leidensia, 134. Leiden: Brill 2016. xi, 579 pp. Illustrations, Maps, Bibliography, Index, US$ 167.00 (HB). ISBN 978-9-0043-2491-6

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Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

1 1de Crespigny, Rafe, A Biographical Dictionary of Later Han to the Three Kingdoms (23–220 AD), Leiden: Brill, 2007, and ibid., Northern Frontier: The Policies and Strategy of the Later Han Empire, Canberra: Faculty of Asian Studies, Australian National Univ., 1984.

2 2Hans Bielenstein published four long research articles on the restoration of the Han dynasty in the Bulletin of the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities: “The Restoration of the Han Dynasty with Prolegomena on the Historiography of the Hou Han Shu,” BMFEA 26 (1954), 5–209; “The Restoration of the Han Dynastie Vol. II: The Civil War,” BMFEA 31 (1959), 1–287; “The Restoration of the Han Dynasty III,” BMFEA 39 (1967), 1–202; and “The Restoration of the Han Dynasty. Volume IV: The Government,” BMFEA 51 (1979), 1–300.

3 3Fan Ye 范曄, Hou Han shu 後漢書, Beijing: Zhonghua shuju, 1965.

4 4For more information on the Hou Han shu's rise to become the dominant source for the Later Han dynasty, see Sun Yinggang, “Princely Patronage in the scholarly world of Sui and early Tang,” PhD diss., Princeton, 2009, 204–205.

5 5Yuan Hong袁宏, Hou Han ji jiaozhu 後漢紀校注, edited by Zhou Tianyou 周天游, Tianjin: Tianjin guji chubanshe, 1987.

6 6Bajia Hou Han shu jizhu 八家後漢書輯注, edited by Zhou Tianyou 周天游, Shanghai: Shanghai guji chubanshe, 1986.

7 7See Sebastian Eicher, Das Hou Han ji des Yuan Hong: Zur Geschichtsschreibung der Späteren Han-Dynastie, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2018, and my forthcoming article “Yuan Hong's depiction of the Han-Wei Transition,” T'oung Pao (2018.3).

8 8de Crespigny, Rafe, Imperial Warlord: A Biography of Cao Cao 155–220 AD, Leiden: Brill, 2010.

9 9Zhang Peipei 張蓓蓓, “Yuan Hong xinlun” 袁宏新論, Taida zhongwen xuebao 14 臺大中文學報 (2001), 79–126.

10 10Abe Sōichirō 安部 聡一郎, “Tōku no ‘meishi’ saikō: kizoku-sei seiritsu katei no saikentō no tameni” 党錮の「名士」再考: 貴族制成立過程の再検討のために, Shigaku Zasshi 111.10 (2002), 1591–1620.

11 11Wicky Tse's review contains a list of wrong characters. See Tse, Wicky W. K., “Fire over Luoyang: A History of the Later Han Dynasty, 23–220 AD,” Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 27.3 (2017), 529–532, 532.

12 12This is how Yuan Hong's dates are usually given. According to Chen Sanping, however, they most probably were 330–378. See Chen Sanping, “Yuan Hong: A Case of Premature Death by Historians?” Journal of the American Oriental Society 123.4 (2003), 841–846.


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