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TitleFengxing lu 風行錄 [A Record of Propagating Virtue]
Short titleA Record of Extending One’s Virtue
Topic2.1 Judicial cases: general casebooks
Historical periodEarly Qing (1644-1796)
CountryChinese
Year1813
Reprint (year of)2005
AuthorZhang Wuwei 張五緯
CollectionLidai panli pandu 歷代判例判牘
Volume12
Number of volume8
Publisher中國社會科學出版社
Place of publication北京
Publication typePrint
Comment

The author’s administrative papers as prefect of Yuezhou 岳州 (from 6th month, 1799, j. 1-2), Changsha 長沙 (from 7th month, 1800, j. 3), and Hengzhou 衡州 (from 8th month, 1801, j. 4-5), all in Hunan. Title in chapter captions Jingyang Zhang gong liren Yue Chang Heng sanjun fengxing lu 涇陽張公歷任岳長衡三郡風行錄. The documents include directives to subordinates as well as proclamations and prohibitions to the gentry and commoners. Some are on standard topics like gambling, slaughtering oxen, instigating lawsuits, suicide, or cheating at local examinations; others are more specific to the environment of the watery and highly commercial Hunan lowlands and contain rich detail on taxes and tribute, tenant rent delinquency, commerce and brokerage, ports and transportation, boat administration and “life-saving boats” (救生船), bandit lairs near the creeks and lakes, prohibition of rice exports and encouragement of charity by the rich in years of bad harvest, and more. The last 14 entries in j. 5 are responses to complaints (詞批), several dealing with commercial matters or abuses in fiscal administration. The entire text provides a rich description of the economy and society of the region at the turn of the nineteenth century, and of the efforts of an activist administrator to reform bad practices. The xuji, in 2 j., introduces similar materials corresponding to the author’s stints as prefect of Yuezhou and Changsha.

SubjectLaw
LanguageChinese
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