Spring and Autumn Annals (chūnqiū 春秋)

Note: not to be confused with the Spring and Autumn Annals of Master Lǚ — see an earlier post.

The Spring and Autumn Annals cover the major historical events from 722 to 481 BC. This text holds high importance in Chinese literature because scholars in Imperial China held it to be written by Confucius himself.
Also, the importance of the book is such that the period of time chronicled therein (the first half of the Eastern Zhōu dynasty) has come to be known as the Spring and Autumn Period.

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