Battles, Betrayals, and Brotherhood

Early Chinese Plays on the Three Kingdoms

Translated by Wilt L. Idema and Stephen H. West

No cycle of historical legends has enjoyed greater or more enduring popularity in China than that of the Three Kingdoms, which recounts the dramatic story of the civil wars (c. AD 180–220) that divided the old Han empire into the Shu-Han, Wei, and Wu states, and the eventual reunification of the realm under the Western Jin in AD 280.


Stephen H. West is a faculty member with the School of International Letters and Cultures.

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