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Zichuan jingfei ji 淄川靖匪記

Jan 7, 2012 © Ulrich Theobald

Zichuan jingfei ji 淄川靖匪記 "Extirpation of the bandits of Zichuan" is a history of the suppression of the Nian rebellion 捻 in 1865 written by the Qing-period 清 (1644-1911) historian Zhang Xilun 張錫綸 xxx, courtesy name Nianfu 念黻. Zhang hailed from Ansu 安肅, Zhili (modern Hebei), and served as district magistrate (zhixian 知縣) of Zichuan 淄川 (today's Zibo 淄博, Shandong).

The 4-juan long book describes the war against the Nian rebels in Shangdong that were defeated by the imperial army under the Mongol general Sengge Rinchen (Chinese transcription Sengge Linqin 僧格林沁; 1811-1865), as well as the regional restructuring by Siring 錫齡 after the suppression of the uprising.

The book is written according to the personal experience of Zhang Xilun and is therefore of high historigraphical value. It closes with an opening text dedicated to Sengge Rinchen and a poem written by Zhang when he was transferred to another post.

Li Xueqin 李學勤, Lü Wenyu 呂文郁, eds. (1996). Siku da cidian 四庫大辭典 (Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe), Vol. 1, 920.