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Lidai zhidu xiangshou 歷代制度詳說 "Detailed Explanation of the Political System through the Ages"


The Lidai zhidu xiangshou 歷代制度詳說 "Detailed explanation of the political system through the ages" is an encyclopedia written by the Song period 宋 (960-1279) scholar Lü Zuqian 呂祖謙 (1137-1181). Lü Zuqian was a famous writer and philosopher. Together with Zhu Xi 朱熹 and Zhang Shi 張栻, he is called one of the three wises from the Southeast (Dongnan sanxian 東南三賢). He has written the collection Donglaiji 東萊集, the commentaries Chunqiu Zuoshizhuan shuo 春秋左氏傳說, Donglai Zuoshi boyi 東萊左氏博議, and the historical comments Dashiji 大事紀 and Lüshi zhidu shiji 呂氏家塾讀詩記, as well as the anthology Songwenjian 宋文鑒. The 12 juan "scrolls" long Lidai zhidu xiangshuo is divided into 15 chapters, dealing with various aspects of policy, with many examples from antiquity to the Song period. Lü Zuqian describes the practice of the various administrative aspects and then discusses their strengths and shortcomings. There is a preface by Peng Fei 彭飛 from 1326. There were many manuscript in circulation, containing a lot of writing errors, so that is is difficult to reconstruct the original state.
The Lidai zhidu xiangshuo is included in the collectanea Danshengtang yuyuan 淡生堂余苑 and Siku quanshu 四庫全書.


Sources:
Li Xueqin 李學勤, Lü Wenyu 呂文鬰 (1996). Siku da cidian 四庫大辭典, vol. 2, p. 2039. Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe.
Zhao Hankun 趙含坤 (2005). Zhongguo leishu 中國類書, p. 105. Shijiazhuang: Hebei renmin chubanshe.


Contents
科目 Kemu Examination system
學校 Xuexiao State schools
考績 Kaoji The ladder of success
賦役 Fuyi Tax and corvée labour
漕運 Caoyun Transport of tribute grain
鹽法 Yanfa Salt regulation
酒禁 Jiujin State monopoly on liquor
錢幣 Qianbi Money
荒政 Huangzheng Disaster relief
田制 Tianzhi Field system
屯田 Tuntian Military colonies
兵制 Bingzhi Military system
馬政 Mazheng Horse administration
祀事 Jishi Sacrificial affairs
Chinese literature according to the four-category system

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