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The Writing of Official History under the T'ang

The Writing of Official History under the T'ang

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Chinese History, Literature and Institutions

  • Date Published: November 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521522939

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  • This book describes how the Chinese government, between about 620 and 850, developed an official organization designed to select, process, and edit material for inclusion in official historical works eventually to be incorporated in an official history of the dynasty. The first part gives a detailed account of the establishment of the official apparatus designed to produce a record of the T'ang dynasty, which would remain standard for more than a millennium, with some analysis of the individuals who served in these offices. The second part gives all available detail about the various works produced by this apparatus, divided among its various genres, and listing all known titles, their authorship, and their relationships to one another. The third part shows the cumulative process by which a dynastic history came into being, and the way in which we can detect various elements in the completed history.

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    • Date Published: November 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521522939
    • length: 308 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Conventions
    List of abbreviations
    Part I. The Bureaucratic Apparatus:
    1. Introduction
    2. The bureaucratic apparatus
    Part II. The Compilation of the Historical Record:
    3. Introduction
    4. The court diaries (Ch'i-chii chu)
    5. The inner palace diaries (Nei Ch'i-chii chu)
    6. The record of administrative affairs (Shih-cheng chi)
    7. The daily calandar (Jih-li)
    8. Biographies
    9. Histories of institutions, historical encyclopedias, and collections of documents
    10. The veritable records (Shih-lu)
    11. The national history (Kuo shih)
    Part III. The Chiu T'ang shu:
    12. The compilation of the Chiu T'ang shu
    13. The Chiu T'ang shu and its sources: the basic annals
    14. The Chiu T'ang shu and its sources: the monographs
    Appendix
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Denis Twitchett

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