Antony Barbieri-Low presents an engaging and well researched analysis of the changing image of the First Emperor of Qin throughout centuries. Yet the study suffers from insufficient attention to nuances of Chinese political culture, from outright dismission of looted manuscripts (some of which are essential for understanding the Qin), and, primarily, from the author’s own biases. Do these biases suggest the author’s desire to use the First Emperor as a foil in U.S.
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This research was supported by the Israel Science Foundation (grant no. 568/19) and by the Michael William Lipson Chair in Chinese Studies.
This is a review article of The Many Lives of the First Emperor of China . By anthonY j. BarBieri-low . Seattle: univerSitY oF waShington preSS, 2022 . Pp . xii + 337, illus . $65 . Author’s note: This research was supported by the Israel Science Foundation (grant no . 568/19) and by the Michael William Lipson Chair in Chinese Studies .
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