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Huaijun ping Nian ji 淮軍平捻記

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Huaijun ping Nian ji 淮軍平捻記 "Pacification of the Nian rebels by the Huai Army" is a history of the war against the Nian rebellion compiled by the Qing period 清 (1644-1911) historian Zhou Shicheng 周世澄. He authour himself was an officer of the Qing troops fighting against the insurgents and compiled the 12 juan "scrolls" long book according to his own experience, but he made also use of official documents and contemporary reports. The books begins in 1865 when Li Hongzhang 李鴻章 opened the campaign in Xuzhou 徐州, Jiangsu, and ends in 1868 with the defeat of the western army of the Nian rebels under Zhang Zongyu 張宗禹. The core chapters are arranged chonologically and describe how the imperial Huai Army advanced to the provinces of Anhui and Shangdong to suppress the rebellion. Two appended juan describe the system and organisation of the Huai Army.
The book was first printed during the Tongzhi reign 同治 (1862-1874), and again in 1877 by the Shenbao press in Shanghai 上海申報館. This edition has been republished in the series Zhongguo jindai shiliao congkan 中國近代史料叢刊.

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. 922.

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