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Mengwu'r shiji 蒙兀兒史記


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Mengwur shiji 蒙兀兒史記 "Historical records of the Mongols" is a history of the Mongols, the Yuan dynasty 元 (1279-1368) and the empire of Tamerlan compiled by the late Qing period 清 (1644-1911) historian Tu Ji 屠寄 (1856-1921). Tu Ji replaced the better known Chinese transcription for the Mongols, Menggu 蒙古, by Mengwur 蒙兀兒. The 160 juan "scrolls" long book, of which 14 juan are lost, describes the origin of the Mongol empire and the conquest wars of Čingghis Qan (r. 1206-1227), as well as the foundation of the Yuan dynasty in China. The text has been compiled by Tu Ji himself and was not based on older histories on the Yuan period. Tu also added critical commentaries to historical events and thus imitated the style of Sima Guang's 司馬光 Zizhi tongjian kaoyi 自治通鑒考異. These commentaries are of considerable value for the study of historiographic material about the Mongol era. The book was therefore several times printed and reproduced. The first print was made in in 1911, another in 1934. In 1962 the Zhonghua shuju press 中華書局 made a reprint of the latter, and again in 1984.

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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. 934.

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