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Qingshi liezhuan 清史列傳 "Biographies of the Qing Period" is a collection of important persons from the Qing period 清 (1644-1911). It is 80 juan "scrolls" long and was written by a large number of unknown authors of the imperial archives. In total there are 2,894 biographies, mainly taken from sources compiled in the Office for the Dynastic History (guoshiguan 國史館), like the Dachen liezhuan gaoben 大臣列傳稿本 "Draft to the [official] biographies of eminent ministers", Man-Han mingchen zhuan 滿漢名臣傳 "Biographies of famous Manchu and Chinese ministers", or the Guochao qixian leizheng 國朝耆獻類徵 "[Biographies of the] honoured [ministers] of Our Dynasty, arranged topically". Large parts of the biographies in the Qingshi liezhuan are identical to that in the Qingshigao 清史稿, the draft to the official history of the Qing dynasty, but in the latter biographies are often shorter than in the latter.
The Qingshi liezhuan was first published in 1928 by the Zhonghua shuju press 中華書局, and in 1987 again, this time with punctuation, in 20 volumes.
宗室王公 Zongshi wanggong 3 juan Members of the imperial house and the nobility|
大臣劃一傳檔正編 Dachen huayi zhuandang zhengbian 22 juan Grand Ministers, 1st series
大臣劃檔次編 Dachen huadang cibian 10 juan Grand Ministers, 2nd series
大臣傳檔續編 Dachen huadang xubian 9 juan Grand Ministers, 3rd series
大臣劃一傳檔後編 Dachen huayi zhuandang houbian 12 juan Grand Ministers, 4th series
新辦大臣傳 Xinbian dachen zhuan 5 juan Newly appointed Grand Ministers
已纂未進大臣傳 Yizuan weijin dachen zhuan 3 juan Grand Ministers still living
忠義傳 Zhongyi 1 juan Loyal persons
儒林傳 Rulin 4 juan Confucian scholars
文苑傳 Wenyuan 4 juan Literati and writers
循吏傳 Xunli 4 juan Benevolent officials
貳臣傳 Erchen 2 juan Officials serving the Ming and the Qing dynasties
逆臣傳 Nichen 1 juan Rebellious officials
Source: Guo Songyi 郭松義 (1992), "Qingshi liezhuan 清史列傳", 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, p. 843.
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