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Jianyan yilai xinian yaolu 建炎以來繫年要錄

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The Jianyan yilai xinian yaolu 建炎以來繫年要錄 "An annual record of the most important events since the Jianyan reign (1127-1130)" is a document of event history during the begin of the Southern Song period (Nansong 南宋, 1127-1279). Jianyan 建炎 (1127-1130) was the first reign motto of the Southern Song. The book is 200 juan "scrolls" long and was written by Li Xinchuan 李心傳.
Li Xinchuan's father served as archivist in the southern capital of Lin'an 臨安 (modern Hangzhou 杭州, Zhejiang), and Xinchuan therefore took an early interest in history and its background. He started composing a large book on the history of the first decades of the Southern Song that covered the years from the flight of the Song court to the south in 1127, until 1162. Li Xinchuan used a vast treasure of sources from official documents to private writings by various state officials. The Xinian yaolu is written in the same style as Li Tao's 李燾 Xu Zizhi tongjian changbian 續資治通鑑長編. It covers many aspects of politcs, military affairs, economy and culture during the reign of Emperor Gaozong 宋高宗 (r. 1127-1162) and contains many reports about the relationship between the Song empire and its northern neighbour, the empire of Jin 金 (1115-1234). As the Xinian yaolu is not a pure collection of original sources but rather rewrites and reports events and the content of documentary sources, it is necessary to use it as a supplement to the book Sanchao beimeng huibian 三朝北盟會編 by Xu Mengxin 徐夢莘 that reports much more directly on the base of primary sources.
While the practical politics and outcomings of political decisions are described in the Xinian yaolu it is interesting to compare it with and to use it as a complement to Li Xinchuan's second great book called Jianyan yilai chaoye zaji 建炎以來朝野雜記 "Miscellaneous notes on inner and outer politcs since the Jianyan reign" which is a large encyclopedia on statecraft of the early Southern Song court.

Source: Chen Lesu 陳樂素 (1992), "Jianyan yilai xinian yaolu 建炎以來繫年要錄", in Zhongguo da baike quanshu 中國大百科全書, Zhongguo lishi 中國歷史 (Beijing/Shanghai: Zhongguo da baike quanshu chubanshe), Vol. 1, p. 434.

1.-40. 建炎 Jianyan reign (1127-1130)
41.-200. 紹興 Shaoxing reign (1131-1162)

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