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Manzhou shilu 滿洲實錄


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The Manzhou shilu 滿洲實錄 (Manchu name Manju-i yargiyan kooli, Mongolian name Manzhiĭn u̇nėn magad khuulʹ) "Veritable records of the Manchus" is a kind of official history of the Manchu people under the rule of Nurhaci (Qing Taizu 清太祖, r. 1616-1626). The 8 juan "scrolls" long book was compiled on following an edict by emperor Huang Taiji (Qing Taizong 清太宗, r. 1626-1643), to record the history of his father's establishing the Manchu rule in the northwest. Some material of it, especially the maps illustrating the conquest and the campaigns, later found its way into the history Wu Huangdi shilu 武皇帝實錄 "Veritable records of the Martial emperor [i.e. Nurhaci]". The original is lost but so that the new version of the Manzhou shilu which was compiled under the Qianlong Emperor 乾隆 (r. 1736-1795), had to draw its material from the Wu Huangdi shilu instead. While the illustrations are largely the same, the textual differences to the later official history of the early Manchus, the Taizu shilu 太祖實錄 "Veritable records of Emperor Taizu", are very great. The latter is the beginning part of the Da-Qing lichao shilu 大清歷朝實錄 "Veritable records of all rulers of the Great Qing dynasty 清" (1644-1911), shortly called Qingshilu 清實錄.

Source: Shi Zhihong 史志宏 (1992), "Manzhou shilu 滿洲實錄", 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. 2, pp. 645 f.

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