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China has a historic item named "Twenty-Four Histories". these histories are generally prepared by the governments or personals of next dynasties since preparing a history of current dynasty is quite dangerous and not convincible in ancient china. these histories are called "official histories" since they are prepared or endorsed by government or later dynasties. Today I saw a video in which the teacher said that these histories are "standard histories". Maybe his is right since I checked WIKI and it said that official history is a work of history which is sponsored, authorised, or endorsed by its subject. That means Twenty-Four Histories are not official since the reason above. But I found few item related to "standard history" on yahoo(I cannot connect to Google in China "as you know"). If I want to label Twenty-Four Histories, which one is better? standard history or official history or any other name?
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GandalflyuIf I want to label Twenty-Four Histories, which one is better? standard history or official history or any other name?
I think I would use 'official', since it is prepared by government officials. 'Standard' suggests that there are also some unorthodox versions available.
Very briefly, here is how I think of these terms.

Official history A version that is approved by the authorities..

Standard history A version that is accepted as true by most people.

Clive
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Mister MicawberI think I would use 'official', since it is prepared by government officials. 'Standard' suggests that there are also some unorthodox versions available.
Thanks for your reply!

Are there any other terms?
CliveVery briefly, here is how I think of these terms.Official history A version that is approved by the authorities..Standard history A version that is accepted as true by most people.Clive
Thank you for your reply!

so could you tell me Twenty-Four Histories belong to which one?
They are approved by the authorities, not the subject dynasty, but the next dynasty which generally terminate the subject dynasty.
They are not perfectly true, sometime even distorted intentionally. But they stood the test of time and accepted by later ages.

So which one is better?
You could say either, but I think I'd prefer 'official'.

Clive
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Hellow,it is an standard one.Although it is sponsored by government or king you say, but the officials are quite independent on writing and editing this book
AnonymousHellow,it is an standard one.Although it is sponsored by government or king you say, but the officials are quite independent on writing and editing this book
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