However, as pointed out by many later historians, the "Historical Records" is an important treasure house for scholars of literature and history and inspired many important studies of literature and history because of its huge time span (estimated to exceed 3,000 years). There is actually a lot of controversy in the interpretation of many ancient histories. Therefore, although Mr. Lu Xun once praised the "Historical Records" as "historian's swan song and rhymeless singsong", the most important value of "Historical Records" in modern historiography should be his observation and reflection on the formation period of China's Qin and Han empires— -
After all, in the land of China, why did people go to the imperial system after the Qin State swept the Liuhe? Why did the Qin Empire fall in such a short period of time? Why is the world determined by Han? These may be the ultimate inquiries Sima Qian photo retouching asked when he wrote "Records of the Grand Historian". Although he is from the "Han Dynasty", considering that Lao Tzu Li Er is a native of Chu State and the origin of Taoism in Sima Qian's family learning thought, we may be able to cut through the State of Chu and understand how the land of China went from the Spring and Autumn Period and the Warring States Period to the Han Dynasty. imperial system.
First of all, the relationship between the state of Chu and the royal family of Zhou is very delicate. Although the royal family of Chu is familiar with the conditions of the countries in the Central Plains, they once rejected the posthumous title of the royal family of Zhou on the grounds of "I am a barbarian". There are many possible explanations for this, one of which may be that the Zhou royal family was weakened at that time, and the Central Plains countries were fighting against each other. However, when the state of Chu gradually became stronger, it sent troops to follow the country and asked the Zhou royal family to give him a title.