Even if it breaks away from the framework of Chinese cultural history, Sima Qian's "Records of the Grand Historian" is still a dazzling pearl in the history of the ancient world. Compared with the "History" of Herodotus, the father of Western history, it is not inferior. However, because it is regarded as "the first of the twenty-four histories in China", people today are often intimidated by the "Historical Records", ignoring that although the "Historical Records" is a family heirloom work written by Sima Qian after collating the ancient books of the pre-Qin period and examining the legends of the four directions, But after it was completed, there was no chance of it coming out.
"Historical Records" actually had the opportunity to meet the world when his grandson Yang Yun was named Marquis of Pingtong. That is to say, although Sima Qian was the Taishi Ling, the "Historical Records" is not actually an "official document" of the "Han raster to vector conversion Empire", but only a "family heirloom" left by Sima Qian himself. From this point of view, what Sima Qian said in the preface to the "Records of the Grand Historian", "to study the time between heaven and man, to link ancient and modern changes, and to become a family's words" is indeed the main theme of the book.
But, what does the "home" that Sima Qian refers to mean? Perhaps, let's start with the "Western Zhou feudal system" revered by Confucianism. According to the feudal system of the Western Zhou Dynasty, the Zhou royal family was a family that received the mandate of heaven, so the Zhou king was the son of the heavens, called the Zhou Tianzi. The princes are the sons of the king of Zhou, the officials are the sons of the princes, and the retainers are the sons of the officials. In this way, everyone has a title, "monarch, minister, father, father, son". The relationship between the ruler and the minister is the relationship between the father and the son. "Let's enjoy the system", and perform the ritual of "monarch and minister". So, "Sima Qian" wrote "Records of the Grand Historian" just to show his family?