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Nansongshu 南宋書

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Nansongshu 南宋書 "Book of the Southern Song" is an alternative history of the Southern Song period 南宋 (1127-1279) written by the Ming period 明 (1368-1644) historian Qian Shisheng 錢士升. Qian was of the opinion that the official history of the Song dynasty, the Songshi 宋史, was much to long and recounts many redundant facts. In his 60 juan "scrolls" long book, Qian tried to eliminate these parts, especially the quotation of palace memorials and enumerations of occupations of state offices. For his didactic oversimplification, Qian Shisheng was criticized. The separate biographies of rebels and usurpers (jianchen 奸臣, panchen 叛臣), for example, were put by him right into the normal biographies. This method deprived the reader of the awareness that rulers should learn from such examples. He also put together Daoist and Confucian philosophers.

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. 929.


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