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Wudai chunqiu 五代春秋

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Wudai chunqiu 五代春秋 "Spring and Autumn of the Five Dynasties" is a history of the Five Dynasties period 五代 (907-960) compiled by the Song period 宋 (960-1279) scholar Yin Zhu 尹洙 (1001-1047), courtesy name Yin Shilu 尹師魯. He came from Zhi 治 in the prefecture of Henan 河南 (near modern Luoyang 洛陽, Henan) and was imperial diarist (qiju sheren 起居舍人) and then a clerk in the Dragon Diagram Hall 龍圖閣, but was later dismissed because of an offense. He was an expert of the Confucian Classic Chunqiu 春秋 "Spring and Autumn Annals" and laid stress on the preservation of the spirit of the ancient writings. Yin Zhu's collected writings are called Henan xiansheng wenji 河南先生文集.
The 2 juan "scrolls" long Wudai chunqiu imitates the structure of the Classic Chunqiu. It begins with the foundation of the Later Liang dynasty 後梁 (907-923) by Emperor Taizu 梁太祖 (r. 907-912) and ends with the demise of the Later Zhou dynasty 後周 (951-960). The book is written in short and concise sentences, like in the old Chunqiu, which makes the book not easy to read, and makes it necessary to use other histories to understand the context of each entry. The book is included in Yin Zhu's collected writings as well as in the collectanea Zitang shuju congke 紫藤書屋叢刻, Dushuzhai congshu 讀書齋叢書, Xuehai leibian 學海類編, Congshu jicheng chubian 叢書集成初編 and Hua'an congshu 花庵叢書.

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. 896.

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