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Yue-Dian jilüe 粵滇紀略

Mar 31, 2011 © Ulrich Theobald

Yue-Dian jilüe 粵滇紀略 "Military history of the campaigns in Guangdong, Guangxi and Yunnan" is a history of the war of the Qing dynasty 清 (1644-1911) against the Southern Ming dynasty 南明 (1644-1661) compiled by a Qing-period writer from Wuxi 無錫, Jiangsu, called Jiufeng jushi 九峰居士 "Scholar of the Nine Summits".

The 8-juan long book describes the conquest of Yunnan by the Qing forces under Wu Sangui 吳三桂 (1608-1678), from the enthronement of the Yongli Emperor 永曆 in 1646 as a descendant of the Ming dynasty 明 (1368-1644), until 1659 when the emperor was arrested. The text of the book is very short and concise and has to be used like a kind of chronological table of the Southern Ming dynasty and its end. The book is enriched with a few text-critical remarks.

The historiographical material used for this book is not very rich, for which reason it was not rated as worth being included in the series Siku quanshu 四庫全書. The only copy was preserved by Master Miao 繆氏 in his Yifeng Studio 藝風堂 and was later possessed by the family Zhu 朱 in Haiyan 海鹽.

Li Xueqin 李學勤, Lü Wenyu 呂文鬰, eds. (1996). Siku da cidian 四庫大辭典 (Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe), Vol. 1, 913.