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The Fall Of Former Shu In 925: An Eyewitness Account

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The narrative presented here is a document so rare of its kind and for its time as to be unique. It describes a great event, the fall of a kingdom, as seen by one directly involved in it. In his urgent desire to set the whole affair on record he both logs the sequence of events and transcribes written texts and poetic dialogues in which the main confrontations are played out. At a distance of more than a thousand years it is a luxury to possess first-hand testimony of this quality. This document has no balanced structure or well-crafted narrative shape. Instead it spontaneously reflects an indignant need to expose who was to blame for the fall of Shu, and why. Its evidence comes mostly in textual form. All this presents the disaster of 925 as the result of both political and strategic errors by memoirist Wang Renyu.

Keywords: China; eyewitness account; kingdom; political; Shu; Tang; Wang Renyu



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