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  • Kenneth Blair
    I recently got this very book, first published in the 1960 s, from Amazon. It is not expensive but it is pretty light stuff. I have too much reading to do at
    Message 1 of 14 , Apr 6, 2008
      I recently got this very book, first published in the 1960's, from Amazon. It is not expensive but it is pretty light stuff. I have too much reading to do at present & just read the chapter on the military and was not especially impressed. It reads more like a broad narrative than a real analysis of the period, hence the 'daily life' title. 
      I intend to do something much like it myself one day but more focused on minutae & material studies....but my narrative appraisal might read a bit darker in terms of the military situation for the Han conscripts garrisoning the frontiers.
       
      It is a very 'layperson' text without specific sources for comments and the author begged the indulgence of his academic peers for that style in the introduction explaining it was purposeful to make the reading accesible. Michael Loewes scholarly expertise seems to be on administration and government in other notable writings so I will need to check that portion of this book before I can judge it. He has published many oft-cited books over the decades and still publishes as of last year (The First Emperor, article in the Brit Museum text).
       
      The actual distinction would need to be made between bamboo and wood through, as the terms might not be mutually exclusive just that "bamboo" would be more technically correct.
      Untill I read it though I will not know for sure, but unless it says "bamboo and dressed wood" then for wood {read} = bamboo.
      I was scanning through part of the Hanshu on Friday (don't even recall which biography off the top of my head may have been Emperor Wen but another rushed read) but I do recall in one point the translation of a discussion by ancient characters called a document "bamboo slips". (James Legges translation)
      When I read several sources and there is a general consensus throughout I tend to stick with such things on balance of evidence unless there is a real source for the new informations, i.e: {hypothetical quote} "slips made of cedar wood from at a tomb in Henan in year such & such."
       
      It is also worth noting that from the Spring & Autumn period through to the 5th century AD a pair of objects found in tombs, a 'scraping' knife & a sharpening stone, are associated with writting on slips (wood or whatever). In recent years the excavation of a Qin 'pit of terracotta scholars' has shown the figures with the ring pommeled knife and the sharpening stone on the belt of court officials.
      These knives are for scraping the dressed slips if the character was written in error, an ancient correction pen, can remove the offending writing.
      Amongst some of the bronze knives in my collection I have one which matches the style very well. They are different to the little knives used by the northern nomads for cutting meat & such.
       


      From: DragonSeedLegacy@yahoogroups.com [mailto:DragonSeedLegacy@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of omabi_us
      Sent: Saturday, 5 April 2008 3:44 a.m.
      To: DragonSeedLegacy@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [DSL] silk & bamboo books?


      Great! Now I am anxious to find a copy of "Everyday Life In Early
      Imperial China: During the Han Period 202 BC-AD 220", Michael Loewe

      Omabi

      >

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      wrote:
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      > --- In
      href="mailto:DragonSeedLegacy%40yahoogroups.com">DragonSeedLegacy@ yahoogroups. com, "Kenneth Blair"
      > <kenneth.blair@ > wrote:
      > > I have
      not heard of "wood" as such being used & bound in strips, since
      > >
      specifically bamboo is much more convenient to strip and dress into
      > >
      slips.
      >
      > Wood. This I got from "Everyday Life In Early Imperial
      China: During
      > the Han Period 202 BC-AD 220", Michael
      Loewe
      >

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    • kim kheong ho
      Dear Kenneth Blair, Please find the attached website which could be answer to most of your questions. http://www.chinahistoryforum.com/ Hope this would be
      Message 2 of 14 , Apr 6, 2008

        Dear Kenneth Blair,

         

        Please find the attached website which could be answer to most of your questions.

         

        http://www.chinahistoryforum.com/

         

        Hope this would be useful in your quest. when you register in this site you need to sit for some sort of general knowledge test to gain access to post your comments.

         

         

        Best of luck,

        kimkheong


        --- On Mon, 7/4/08, Kenneth Blair <kenneth.blair@...> wrote:

        From: Kenneth Blair <kenneth.blair@...>
        Subject: RE: [DSL] silk & bamboo books?
        To: DragonSeedLegacy@yahoogroups.com
        Date: Monday, 7 April, 2008, 8:12 AM

        I recently got this very book, first published in the 1960's, from Amazon. It is not expensive but it is pretty light stuff. I have too much reading to do at present & just read the chapter on the military and was not especially impressed. It reads more like a broad narrative than a real analysis of the period, hence the 'daily life' title. 
        I intend to do something much like it myself one day but more focused on minutae & material studies....but my narrative appraisal might read a bit darker in terms of the military situation for the Han conscripts garrisoning the frontiers.
         
        It is a very 'layperson' text without specific sources for comments and the author begged the indulgence of his academic peers for that style in the introduction explaining it was purposeful to make the reading accesible. Michael Loewes scholarly expertise seems to be on administration and government in other notable writings so I will need to check that portion of this book before I can judge it. He has published many oft-cited books over the decades and still publishes as of last year (The First Emperor, article in the Brit Museum text).
         
        The actual distinction would need to be made between bamboo and wood through, as the terms might not be mutually exclusive just that "bamboo" would be more technically correct.
        Untill I read it though I will not know for sure, but unless it says "bamboo and dressed wood" then for wood {read} = bamboo.
        I was scanning through part of the Hanshu on Friday (don't even recall which biography off the top of my head may have been Emperor Wen but another rushed read) but I do recall in one point the translation of a discussion by ancient characters called a document "bamboo slips". (James Legges translation)
        When I read several sources and there is a general consensus throughout I tend to stick with such things on balance of evidence unless there is a real source for the new informations, i.e: {hypothetical quote} "slips made of cedar wood from at a tomb in Henan in year such & such."
         
        It is also worth noting that from the Spring & Autumn period through to the 5th century AD a pair of objects found in tombs, a 'scraping' knife & a sharpening stone, are associated with writting on slips (wood or whatever). In recent years the excavation of a Qin 'pit of terracotta scholars' has shown the figures with the ring pommeled knife and the sharpening stone on the belt of court officials.
        These knives are for scraping the dressed slips if the character was written in error, an ancient correction pen, can remove the offending writing.
        Amongst some of the bronze knives in my collection I have one which matches the style very well. They are different to the little knives used by the northern nomads for cutting meat & such.
         


        From: DragonSeedLegacy@ yahoogroups. com [mailto:DragonSeedL egacy@yahoogroup s.com] On Behalf Of omabi_us
        Sent: Saturday, 5 April 2008 3:44 a.m.
        To: DragonSeedLegacy@ yahoogroups. com
        Subject: Re: [DSL] silk & bamboo books?


        Great! Now I am anxious to find a copy of "Everyday Life In Early
        Imperial China: During the Han Period 202 BC-AD 220", Michael Loewe

        Omabi
        >

        --- In DragonSeedLegacy@ yahoogroups. com, "kitmengleong" <kmleong@... >
        wrote:
        >
        > --- In DragonSeedLegacy@ yahoogroups. com, "Kenneth Blair"
        > <kenneth.blair@ > wrote:
        > > I have not heard of "wood" as such being used & bound in strips, since
        > > specifically bamboo is much more convenient to strip and dress into
        > > slips.
        >
        > Wood. This I got from "Everyday Life In Early Imperial China: During
        > the Han Period 202 BC-AD 220", Michael Loewe
        >

        This communication, including any attachments, is confidential. If you are not the intended recipient, you should not read it - please contact me immediately, destroy it, and do not copy or use any part of this communication or disclose anything about it. Thank you. Please note that this communication does not designate an information system for the purposes of the Electronic Transactions Act 2002.
        



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      • kim kheong ho
        Dear Omabi, Sorry for the belated reply as i was occupied for the last few months in some projects. Kindly find the attached website which could be answer to
        Message 3 of 14 , Apr 6, 2008

          Dear Omabi,

           

          Sorry for the belated reply as i was occupied for the last few months in some projects. Kindly find the attached website which could be answer to most of your questions.

           

          http://www.chinahistoryforum.com/

           

          Hope this would be helpful in your quest for the knowledge in the general history of China. when you register in this site you need to sit for some sort of general knowledge test to gain access to post your comments.

           

           

          Best of luck,

          kimkheong


          --- On Fri, 4/4/08, omabi_us <omabi_us@...> wrote:
          From: omabi_us <omabi_us@...>
          Subject: Re: [DSL] silk & bamboo books?
          To: DragonSeedLegacy@yahoogroups.com
          Date: Friday, 4 April, 2008, 10:43 PM


          Great! Now I am anxious to find a copy of "Everyday Life In Early
          Imperial China: During the Han Period 202 BC-AD 220", Michael Loewe

          Omabi
          >

          --- In DragonSeedLegacy@ yahoogroups. com, "kitmengleong" <kmleong@... >
          wrote:
          >
          > --- In DragonSeedLegacy@ yahoogroups. com, "Kenneth Blair"
          > <kenneth.blair@ > wrote:
          > > I have not heard of "wood" as such being used & bound in strips, since
          > > specifically bamboo is much more convenient to strip and dress into
          > > slips.
          >
          > Wood. This I got from "Everyday Life In Early Imperial China: During
          > the Han Period 202 BC-AD 220", Michael Loewe
          >



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        • omabi_us
          Thanks again, Kenneth. I appreciate you taking the time to explain. Your posts are golden. Daily Life is available in my local library system so I have it
          Message 4 of 14 , Apr 8, 2008
            Thanks again, Kenneth. I appreciate you taking the time to explain.
            Your posts are golden. "Daily Life" is available in my local
            library system so I have it on order. Omabi



            --- In DragonSeedLegacy@yahoogroups.com, "Kenneth Blair"
            <kenneth.blair@...> wrote:


            >
            > I recently got this very book, first published in the 1960's, from
            > Amazon. It is not expensive but it is pretty light stuff. I have too
            > much reading to do at present & just read the chapter on the military
            > and was not especially impressed. It reads more like a broad narrative
            > than a real analysis of the period, hence the 'daily life' title.
            > I intend to do something much like it myself one day but more focused on
            > minutae & material studies....but my narrative appraisal might read a
            > bit darker in terms of the military situation for the Han conscripts
            > garrisoning the frontiers.
            >
            > It is a very 'layperson' text without specific sources for comments and
            > the author begged the indulgence of his academic peers for that style in
            > the introduction explaining it was purposeful to make the reading
            > accesible. Michael Loewes scholarly expertise seems to be on
            > administration and government in other notable writings so I will need
            > to check that portion of this book before I can judge it. He has
            > published many oft-cited books over the decades and still publishes as
            > of last year (The First Emperor, article in the Brit Museum text).
            >
            > The actual distinction would need to be made between bamboo and wood
            > through, as the terms might not be mutually exclusive just that "bamboo"
            > would be more technically correct.
            > Untill I read it though I will not know for sure, but unless it says
            > "bamboo and dressed wood" then for wood {read} = bamboo.
            > I was scanning through part of the Hanshu on Friday (don't even recall
            > which biography off the top of my head may have been Emperor Wen but
            > another rushed read) but I do recall in one point the translation of a
            > discussion by ancient characters called a document "bamboo slips".
            > (James Legges translation)
            > When I read several sources and there is a general consensus throughout
            > I tend to stick with such things on balance of evidence unless there is
            > a real source for the new informations, i.e: {hypothetical quote} "slips
            > made of cedar wood from at a tomb in Henan in year such & such."
            >
            > It is also worth noting that from the Spring & Autumn period through to
            > the 5th century AD a pair of objects found in tombs, a 'scraping' knife
            > & a sharpening stone, are associated with writting on slips (wood or
            > whatever). In recent years the excavation of a Qin 'pit of terracotta
            > scholars' has shown the figures with the ring pommeled knife and the
            > sharpening stone on the belt of court officials.
            > These knives are for scraping the dressed slips if the character was
            > written in error, an ancient correction pen, can remove the offending
            > writing.
            > Amongst some of the bronze knives in my collection I have one which
            > matches the style very well. They are different to the little knives
            > used by the northern nomads for cutting meat & such.
            >
            >
            > ________________________________
            >
            > From: DragonSeedLegacy@yahoogroups.com
            > [mailto:DragonSeedLegacy@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of omabi_us
            > Sent: Saturday, 5 April 2008 3:44 a.m.
            > To: DragonSeedLegacy@yahoogroups.com
            > Subject: Re: [DSL] silk & bamboo books?
            >
            >
            >
            >
            > Great! Now I am anxious to find a copy of "Everyday Life In Early
            > Imperial China: During the Han Period 202 BC-AD 220", Michael Loewe
            >
            > Omabi
            > >
            >
            > --- In DragonSeedLegacy@yahoogroups.com
            > <mailto:DragonSeedLegacy%40yahoogroups.com> , "kitmengleong"
            > <kmleong@>
            > wrote:
            > >
            > > --- In DragonSeedLegacy@yahoogroups.com
            > <mailto:DragonSeedLegacy%40yahoogroups.com> , "Kenneth Blair"
            > > <kenneth.blair@> wrote:
            > > > I have not heard of "wood" as such being used & bound in strips,
            > since
            > > > specifically bamboo is much more convenient to strip and dress into
            > > > slips.
            > >
            > > Wood. This I got from "Everyday Life In Early Imperial China: During
            > > the Han Period 202 BC-AD 220", Michael Loewe
            > >
            >
            >
            >
            >
            >
            > This communication, including any attachments, is confidential. If
            you are not the intended recipient, you should not read it - please
            contact me immediately, destroy it, and do not copy or use any part of
            this communication or disclose anything about it. Thank you. Please
            note that this communication does not designate an information system
            for the purposes of the Electronic Transactions Act 2002.
            >
          • Pattie
            ... general knowledge test to gain access to post your comments. Actually, you get 30 posts before you need to sit for the Xiucai Exam. But, by 30 posts
            Message 5 of 14 , Apr 14, 2008
              >when you register in this site you need to sit for some sort of
              general >knowledge test to gain access to post your comments.

              Actually, you get 30 posts before you need to sit for the Xiucai Exam.
              But, by 30 posts you'll want to join. CHF is an amazing resource.
              P!
            • omabi_us
              What a fine website! I ve spent my morning reading posts. Thanks for suggesting it. Also, Loewe s Everyday Life in Early Imperial China came in at my local
              Message 6 of 14 , Apr 15, 2008
                What a fine website! I've spent my morning reading posts. Thanks for
                suggesting it. Also, Loewe's Everyday Life in Early Imperial China
                came in at my local library so I know how I'll spend my afternoon!
                Thanks EVERYONE! Omabi



                --- In DragonSeedLegacy@yahoogroups.com, "Pattie" <qa9999aq@...> wrote:
                >
                > >when you register in this site you need to sit for some sort of
                > general >knowledge test to gain access to post your comments.
                >
                > Actually, you get 30 posts before you need to sit for the Xiucai Exam.
                > But, by 30 posts you'll want to join. CHF is an amazing resource.
                > P!
                >
              • kitmengleong
                Hi Omabi, Once you hit the 30 post limit, email the administrators and tell them I recommend u for an upgrade of your account to a scholar (unlimited posting)
                Message 7 of 14 , May 25, 2008
                  Hi Omabi,

                  Once you hit the 30 post limit, email the administrators and tell them
                  I recommend u for an upgrade of your account to a scholar (unlimited
                  posting) account. Present them your credentials as an author of
                  children books doing research on Chinese history for your writing
                  material and they should give you an open account.

                  Jieming



                  --- In DragonSeedLegacy@yahoogroups.com, "omabi_us" <omabi_us@...> wrote:
                  >
                  > What a fine website! I've spent my morning reading posts. Thanks for
                  > suggesting it. Also, Loewe's Everyday Life in Early Imperial China
                  > came in at my local library so I know how I'll spend my afternoon!
                  > Thanks EVERYONE! Omabi
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > --- In DragonSeedLegacy@yahoogroups.com, "Pattie" <qa9999aq@> wrote:
                  > >
                  > > >when you register in this site you need to sit for some sort of
                  > > general >knowledge test to gain access to post your comments.
                  > >
                  > > Actually, you get 30 posts before you need to sit for the Xiucai Exam.
                  > > But, by 30 posts you'll want to join. CHF is an amazing resource.
                  > > P!
                  > >
                  >
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