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Jinji 晉記


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Jinji 晉記 "Records of the Jin dynasty" is a history of the Jin period 晉 (265-420) written by the Qing period 清 (1644-1911) scholar Guo Lun 郭倫, courtesy name Guo Ningchu 郭凝初, style Xishan 西山. He was also the author of a critique of the then-seventeen official dynastic histories. The Jinji is a restructured shape of the official dynastic history of the Jin dynasty, the Jinshu 晉書. Guo Lun did not alter the treatises (zhi 志) which he thought being quite valuable. The rest of the book was reorganised to a genealogical table (shixi 世系) in 1 juan "scroll", 3 juan of imperial biographies (benji 本紀), 1 juan of a biography of empresses (neiji 內紀), 8 juan of treatises, 41 juan of normal and collective biographies (liezhuan 列傳), and 14 juan dealing with the Sixteen States 十六國 (300~430) in the north. His book with a total length of 68 juan is shorter than the original Jinshu and consists mainly of a shortened text. Scholars rate the Jinji as still including some errors and not sufficiently revised. The treatise on geography, for instance, is full of errors, and the other treatises do not cover all aspects of government administration.

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. 930.

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