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Records of the Grand Historian

Records of the Grand Historian is a work of history written by Sima Qian, a historian in the Western Han Dynasty.

It is the first comprehensive book of history in the form of biographies, covering more than 3,000 years from the legendary Yellow Emperor in archaic times to the fourth year of the Taichu reign of Emperor Wu of the Han Dynasty.

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