The ''Book of the Later Han'', also known as the ''History of the Later Han'' and by its Chinese name ''Hòu Hànshū'' (), is one of the Twenty-Four Histories and covers the history of the Han dynasty from 6 to 189 CE, a period known as the Later or Eastern Han. The book was compiled by Fan Ye and others in the 5th century during the Liu Song dynasty, using a number of earlier histories and documents as sources.


In 23 CE, Han dynasty official Wang Mang was overthrown by a peasants revolt known as the Red Eyebrows. His fall separates the Early (or Western) Han Dynasty from the Later (or Eastern) Han Dynasty. As an orthodox history the book is unusual in being completed over two hundred years after the fall of the dynasty. Fan Ye's primary source was the ''Dongguan Han Ji'' 東觀漢記 (Han Records of the Eastern Lodge), which was written during the Han dynasty itself.





; General * Chavannes, Édouard (1906).
Trois généraux chinois de la dynastie des Han orientaux. Pan Tch’ao (32-102 p.C.); – son fils Pan Yong; – Leang K’in (112 p.C.). Chapitre LXXVII du ''Heou Han chou''.
''T'oung Pao'', Série II, Vol. 7, pp. 210–269. * * * Yu, Taishan. 2004. ''A History of the Relationships between the Western and Eastern Han, Wei, Jin, Northern and Southern Dynasties and the Western Regions''. Sino-Platonic Papers No. 131 March, 2004. Dept. of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania. * Tan, Jiajian
''Hou Hanshu'' (''Book of Later Han'')
''Encyclopedia of China'' (Chinese Literature Edition), 1st ed. * Contains Wylie's English translation of Volumes 85 (History of the Eastern Barbarians), 86 (History of the Southern and South-Western Barbarians) and 87 (History of the Western Keang) of the ''Book of the Later Han''.

Further reading

* Yap, Joseph P. (2019). ''The Western Regions, Xiongnu and Han, from the Shiji, Hanshu and Hou Hanshu''. .

External links

Silk Road Seattle - University of Washington
(The Silk Road Seattle website contains many useful resources including a number of full-text historical works, maps, photos, etc.)
Hou Han Shu

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