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Xixiaji 西夏記


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Xixiaji 西夏記 "Records of the Western Xia dynasty" is a history of the Western Xia empire 西夏 (1038-1227) written by the Republican (1911-1949) historian Dai Xizhang 戴錫章, courtesy name Dai Haishan 戴海珊. His 28 juan "scrolls" long book is based on earlier histories on the Western Xia empire, like Zhang Jian's 張鑒 Xixia jishi benmo 西夏紀事本末, Wu Guangcheng's 吳廣成 Xixia shushi 西夏書事, or Chen Kun's 陳昆 Xixia shilüe 西夏事略. Dai Xizhang made use of more than 300 different sources, which he all indicates in his history. He also renders differing text passages in a special appendix, which proves how carefully Dai Xizhang worked during the compilation. His book was published in 1924 by the Jinghua yinshuju press 京華印書局 in Beijing and was republished in 1988 by the Ningxia renmin press 寧夏人民出版.

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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. 903.

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