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Tongjian zonglei 通鑒總類

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Tongjian zonglei 通鑒總類 "The Comprehensive Mirro arranged in general categories" is a rearranged excerpt of the univeral history Zizhi tongjian 資治通鑒 compiled by the Southern Song period 南宋 (1127-1279) historian Shen Shu 沈樞. The 20 juan "scrolls" long Tongjian zonglei imitates the structure of the policital encyclopedia Cefu yuangui 冊府元龜 and arranges teachings from history as displayed in Sima Guang's 司馬光 Zizhi tongjian according to 271 politial topics and themes. Inside the various chapters, the historic examples are arranged chronologically.
The earliest surviving print dates from 1363, and there are two prints from the Ming period 明 (1368-1644). The Tongjian zonglei is included in the imperial collectaneum Siku quanshu 四庫全書.

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. 1042.

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