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Huangchao wugong jisheng 皇朝武功紀盛 "The History of the Greatest Military Achievements of Our August Dynasty"


The Huangchao wugong jisheng 皇朝武功紀盛 "History of the greatest military achievements of Our August Dynasty" is a comprehensive description of four important wars of the Qing dynasty 清 (1644-1911) from the origins to the end of the Qianlong reign. The 4 juan "scrolls" long book was compiled by the writer and historian Zhao Yi 趙翼 (1727-1814). Zhao had a very successful political career in which he served governor-general Li Shiyao 李侍堯, but was also a famous writer, often mentioned together with Yuan Mei 袁枚 and Jiang Shiquan 蔣士銓 or the historians Qian Daxi 錢大昕 and Wang Mingsheng 王名盛. Zhao Yi has written the Nianershi zhaji 廿二史札記, Aodian zaji 粤滇雜記, Gaiyu congkao 陔餘叢考, Yanpu zaji 檐曝雜記, Oubei shichao 毆北詩抄 and Oubei shihua 毆北詩話. The Wugong jisheng includes a description of four wars that can also be read or published separately. In some sense, the Wugong jisheng is therefore a kind of collectaneum. It describes the war against the Three Feudatories, the Dzunghar campaigns, the Burma campaigns, and the Second Jinchuan War. Three of the texts are concise reports including important imperial edicts and drafted memorials. They are virtually extracts of the official military annals of these campaigns, the Pingding sanni fanglüe 平定三逆方略, the first part of the Pingding Zhungar fanglüe 平定準噶爾方略, and the Pingding Liang Jinchuan fanglüe 平定兩金川方略. The Burma campaigns are a narrative written on the base of personal experience as a retainer of Fuheng 傅恒 who conducted part of the campaigns. He obtained information about the Jinchuan war directly from the mouth of Wenfu 溫福 and Agūi 阿桂, the leading commanders. Zhao also took part in the war against the rebellion in Taiwan in 1786-1788. The book was finished in 1792. It is included in the collectaneum Duhuazhai congshu 讀畫齋叢書.

Source: Li Xueqin 李學勤, Lü Wenyu 呂文鬰 (1996). Siku da cidian 四庫大辭典, vol. 1, p. 916. Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe.

Contents
平定三逆述略 Pingding sanni shulüe Concise description of the pacification of the Three Rebels
平定準噶爾前編述略 Pingding Dzunghar qianbian shulüe Concise description of the first step of the pacification of the Dzunghars
平定緬甸述略 Pingding Miandian shulüe Concise description of the pacification of Burma
平定兩金川述略 Pingding Liang Jinchuan shulüe Concise description of the pacification of the Two Jinchuan
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