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This chapter provides an introduction to the book, the Yuejue shu, explaining the title, the focus of the work, and the organisation of the text. The reasons behind the choice of the name for the book as a whole is described in considerable detail: jue is a pun, meaning both &t;account&t; and &t;glory.&t; Therefore the title means both &t;The Account of Yue&t; and &t;The Glory of Yue.&t; Yuan Kang and Wu Ping stress that the focus of the book is King Goujian of Yue, and that the texts compiled here are intended to glorify the great achievements of this monarch. Although King Goujian was by far the best recorded of any king of Yue, he remains deeply enigmatic. His kingdom was crushed by Wu in 494BCE, and in 473BCE he conquered Wu and destroyed them. Such a reversal of fortune could only be engineered by a clever man.

Keywords: Goujian; Wu; Yue; Yuejue shu



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