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A number of marvelous Three Kingdoms books are available online, including some excellent historic references. Find them here!
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- ThreeKingdoms.com offers something very special to the Three Kingdoms community: online access to the full Brewitt-Taylor translation of the Three Kingdoms novel, Romance of the Three Kingdoms. They also offer member discussion and footnotes.
- The complete text of Generals of the South: the foundation and early history of the Three Kingdoms state of Wu by Rafe de Crespigny. Generals of the South is a marvelous book for learning more about Wu and the role they played in the Three Kingdoms and the future of China. An extremely popular book for good reason.
- The Way of the General: Essays on Leadership and Crisis Management is a tactical reference attributed to Zhuge Liang (Kongming). Translated by Thomas Cleary, it is a popular, and a fun read for anyone interested in strategy or the Three Kingdoms.
- While the Art of War is not specifically related to the Three Kingdoms, reading it adds depth and understanding to strategic battle maneuvers employed by characters in Romance of the Three Kingdoms and history. Many versions of The Art of War have been published but Sonshi’s online edition is, in our view, indispensable for a fan of Sun Tzu’s famous work.
- Luo Guanzhong’s renowned novel, Romance of the Three Kingdoms (Sanguo Yanyi) (SGYY) featured online in Traditional Chinese.
- Luo Guanzhong’s renowned novel, Romance of the Three Kingdoms (Sanguo Yanyi) (SGYY) featured online in Simplified Chinese.
- Luo Guanzhong’s renowned novel, Romance of the Three Kingdoms (Sanguo Yanyi) (SGYY) featured online in Traditional Chinese. This is a pre-Mao edition, so content will be quite unlike what you may be accustomed to in the traditional novel.
- This site features useful information on many periods of Chinese history, but this article on the Three Kingdoms is quite useful as an introductory overview of the era.
- The complete text of To Establish Peace: being the Chronicle of the Later Han dynasty for the years 189 to 220 AD as recorded in Chapters 59 to 69 of the Zizhi tongjian of Sima Guang [volume 1: Chapters 59-63, 189-200], translated and annotated by Rafe de Crespigny.
- A very popular introductory piece to Cao Cao, perhaps the most memorable personality from the Three Kingdoms period. The Fifty-first George Ernest Morrison Lecture in Ethnology, 1990.
- Sima Guang’s Zizhi Tongjian online in Chinese.
- Luo Guanzhong renowned novel, Romance of the Three Kingdoms featured online in Russian. The entire novel is displayed in a single document, so allow some time for display.
- Fan Ye’s historic reference, Hou Han Shu, online in Simplified Chinese.
- The complete text of To Establish Peace: being the Chronicle of the Later Han dynasty for the years 189 to 220 AD as recorded in Chapters 59 to 69 of the Zizhi tongjian of Sima Guang [volume 2: Chapters 64-69, 201-220], translated and annotated by Rafe de Crespigny.
- The Government and Geography of the Northern Frontier of Later Han, being Chapter 1 of Northern Frontier: the policies and strategy of the Later Han Empire by Rafe de Crespigny.
- “We have seen how Chinese politics became more corrupt, cynical, and violent in the Spring and Autumn era and especially in the Period of Warring States. While many philosophers of the schools of Confucius and Mo-zi called for ethical reforms and Daoists let nature take its course …”
- An on-line version of Empresses and Consorts, a Sanguozhi-based historic reference dedicated to women of the Three Kingdoms. Only available if your library has free access to netlibrary.
- Based on the Introduction to Emperor Huan and Emperor Ling: being the Chronicle of Later Han for the years 157 to 189 AD as recorded in Chapters 54 to 59 of the Zizhi tongjian of Sima Guang, translated and annotated by Rafe de Crespigny.
- Discussion of Korea's past including a section on the Fuyu tribe, Gongsun Yuan and Wei.
- Fan Ye’s historic reference, Hou Han Shu, online in Traditional Chinese.
- The complete text of Emperor Huan and Emperor Ling: being the Chronicle of Later Han for the years 157 to 189 AD as recorded in Chapters 54 to 59 of the Zizhi tongjian of Sima Guang, translated and annotated by Rafe de Crespigny.
- The Division and Destruction of the Xiongnu Confederacy in the first and second centuries AD, [Turkish: "Hun Konfederasyonu'nun Blnmesi ve Yikilmasi"], being a paper published in The Turks [Yeni TrkiyeMedya Hismetleri-Murat Ocak], Ankara 2002, pp. 256-243 & 749-757. Internet publication April 2004.
- "South China in the Han period," being a paper published in Ancient Chinese and Southeast Asian Bronze Age Cultures: the proceedings of a conference held at the Edith and Joy London Foundation property, Kioloa, NSW, 8-12 February 1988.
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