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Ping Nian jilüe 平捻紀略

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Ping Nian jilüe 平捻紀略 "Military annals of the pacification of the Nian" is a privately written history of the Nian rebellion written by the Qing period 清 (1644-1911) writer Li Hongnian 李鶴年 (?-1890), courtesy name Li Zihe 李子和, style Xueqin 雪琴. In 1872 he was appointed governor-general of Min-Zhe 閩浙 and in 1875 overseer of the Grand Canal in Hedong 河東河道總督. In 1864, the Taiping general Lai Wenguang 賴文光 united his troops with the leader of the Nian rebellion Ren Zhu 任柱 and Zhang Zongyu 張宗禹 and several times defeated the Qing troops, and two princes were killed. It took the Qing government several years to quell the rebellion, until Zeng Guofan 曾國藩 and Li Hongzhang 李鴻章 were able to destroy the last contingents of the rebel sin 1868. Li Hongnian, as governor of Henan 河南, took part in the campaigns. When the war was over he started compiling a book about the Nian rebellion and ist suppression. His book is an important inofficial document of that time. It was printed in 1869.

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. 920.

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