Sima Guang

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    Sima Guang was one of China’s leading political figures and the author of Comprehensive Mirror for Aid in Government (Zizhi tongjian), a historical account of over a thousand years (403 BCE–959 CE) of China’s early imperial past. Produced in the context of fierce disputes at the eleventh- century imperial court, Zizhi tongjian’s didactic message of how to maintain imperial power and ensure dynastic longevity helped to shape a belief in China’s unbroken political tradition and contributed to the formation of a Chinese self-identity. He is often associated with his opposition to the reform proposals of his rival Wang Anshi.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationBerkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography
    Editors Kerry Brown
    Place of PublicationGreat Barrington, MA, USA
    PublisherBerkshire Publishing Group
    ISBN (Print)9781933782669
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


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