Chinese Notes
Chinese Notes

Book of Han 《漢書》

The second of the official Chinese histories by 班固 Ban Gu with others, covering the 西漢 Western [Former] Han dynasty 206 BCE - 25 CE


Wikisource, accessed 2018-05-13,漢書.

English translations (partial)

  1. Dubs, Homer H trans. 1938-55, The History of the Former Han Dynasty, 3 vols. Baltimore: Waverly, Digitized text, accessed 2018-05-13.
  2. Watson, Burton, trans. 1974, Courtier and Commoner in Ancient China. Selections from the History of the Former Han, New York: Columbia University Press. A translation of 10 chapters.


  1. Durrant, Stephen 2017, 'Chapter 13: Histories (Shi 史),' in Denecke, Wiebke, Wai-Yee Li, and Xiaofei Tian (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Classical Chinese Literature (1000 BCE-900CE), e-book, New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 193-194.
  2. Hulsewe, A F P 1993, “Han Shu 漢書,” In Michael Loewe, (ed.) Early Chinese Texts: A Bibliographical Guide, Berkeley: Society for the Study of Early China, pp. 129-136.
  3. Wilkinson, E P 2015, Chinese History: a New Manual, Harvard University Asia Center, Cambridge and London, p. 711-713.