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Pingding Jinchuan fanglüe 平定金川方略

May 1, 2011 © Ulrich Theobald

(Qinding) Pingding Jinchuan fanglüe (欽定)平定金川方略 "(Imperially endorsed) Military annals of the pacification of Jinchuan" is an official history of the campaign of the Qing dynasty 清 (1644-1911) against Jinchuan in 1747-1749. The 32-juan long book was compiled on imperial order under the supervision of Laiboo 來保 (1681-1764).

The book describes the situation of the border territory in Jinchuan in the mountains west of Chengdu 成都, Sichuan, where the lord-lama Shaloben 莎羅奔 (actually a title, not a name; in local tongue slo-bon) staged raids on neighbouring territories. In the mountainous territory it took the Qing troops two years to force the lord of Jinchuan into submission. The book gives a detailed information about the background of the war, the espionage affair resulting in the execution of the commanders Zhang Guangsi 張廣泗 (d. 1749) and Nocin 訥親 (d. 1748), and the return of Shaloben into a tributary relation. The last part of the book contains the obligatory laudations by the Qianlong Emperor 乾隆帝 (r. 1736-1795) in shape of poems.

The book is included in the series Siku quanshu 四庫全書.

Li Xueqin 李學勤, Lü Wenyu 呂文鬰, eds. (1996). Siku da cidian 四庫大辭典 (Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe), Vol. 1, 914.