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Jiaoping sansheng xiefei fanglüe 剿平三省邪匪方略

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(Qinding) Jiaoping sansheng xiefei fanglüe (欽定)剿平三省邪匪方略 "(Imperially endorsed) Military history of the extinction of the heretic bandits of the three provinces" is a history of the suppression by the Qing dynasty 清 (1644-1911) of the White Lotus 白蓮教 rebellion compiled on imperial order under the supervision of Guicing 桂慶. The book is written in the style of military annals (fanglüe 方略) and is divided into a head part of 9 juan "scrolls" length, a first part (Zhengbu 正編) of 352 juan length, a second part (Xubian 繼編) of 36 juan length, and an appendix of 12 juan.
The head part contains a foreword written by the Jiaqing Emperor 嘉慶 (r. 1796-1820), the edicts and memorials concerning the compilation of the book, as well as laudatory poems writen by the Qianlong Emperor 乾隆 (r. 1736-1795) and the Jiaqing Emperor. The annals describe the origins of the uprising and the long-lasting war against the White Lotus sect during the years 1796-1809. The primary sources were a lot of archival material, like imperial edicts and palace memorials.
The book was first printed by the Wuying Hall 武英殿, with a reprint in 1980 by the Zhongguo shudian 中國書店.

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. 917.

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