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Chunqiu Zuoshizhuan shilei shimo 春秋左氏傳事類始末


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The Chunqiu Zuoshizhuan shilei shimo 春秋左氏傳事類始末 "Historical events from the Spring and Autumn Annals and the Chronicle of Master Zuo in their entirety" is a history of the Spring and Autumn period 春秋 (770-5th cent. BCE) based on the Confucian Classic Chunqiu 春秋 "Spring and Autumn Annals" and its commentary and parallel Zuozhuan 左傳. The 5 juan "scrolls" long book, written in the style of historical events in their entirety (jishi benmo 紀事本末), was compiled by the Southern Song period 南宋 (1127-1279) author Zhang Chong 章沖, courtesy name Zhang Maoshen 章茂深. He came from Wuxing 吳興, Zhejiang, and was a great-grandson of the brother-in-law of Ye Mengde 葉夢得, an expert in the Chunqiu Classic. Zhang Chong was disappointed of the chronicle style in which the Chunqiu was written that disrupted coherent events, prohibited a historical overview even of the reign of one ruler, and even lead to contradictions in facts and the names of persons. He therefore decided to rearrange the text in the shape of coherent chapters describing one particular theme or sequence of events, a historiographic style that had been invented by Yuan Shu 袁樞 (Tongjian jishi benmo 通鑑紀事本末) a decade before. The chapters of Zhang Chong's books correspond to the reigns of the twelve dukes of the state of Lu 魯 during the Spring and Autumn period. Below this level, 357 smaller chapters narrate particular events. The book was printed in 1185. It is included in the imperial collectaneum Siku quanshu 四庫全書 and the Tongzhitang jiejing 通志堂解經.

Source: Li Xueqin 李學勤, Lü Wenyu 呂文鬰 (ed. 1996), Siku da cidian 四庫大辭典 (Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe), Vol. 1, p. 906.

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