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A New Day, New Antiquities, New Factions, Ca. 277–284

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This chapter looks at two policy opinions voiced just before the Wu War. Then, in mid-281, we encounter Xuns poetic lauding of victory, a smart tactic by a former anti-war partisan. The author translates an extant writing by Xun Xu that describes the approach to the Ji Tomb texts taken by his team in the Imperial Library. Subsequently the chapter shifts to individuals, nexuses, and factions that impacted politics, in some sense the politics of scholarship and knowledge. Zhu Xizu raised the matter of how calligraphy expertise affected not just Xuns group, but numerous others who got to see the bamboo slips or the transcriptions; Shaughnessy opened up a fertile line of reasoning about the impact of political factions. The chapter takes this further by examining how the Imperial Library and the Palace Writers functioned as centers of historiography and underwent a shift away from Xun Xus leadership.

Keywords: Ji Tomb texts; political factions; Xun Xu



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