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Unless otherwise specified, the descriptions of sources in this section are extracted from Pierre-Etienne Will and collaborators,Official Handbooks and Anthologies of Imperial China: A Descriptive and Critical Bibliography (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming).
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TitleJinzheng jiyao 晉政輯要[Essentials on the Government of Shanxi]
Topic4.1 Magistrates handbooks: General
Historical periodEarly Qing (1644-1796)
AuthorHaining 海寧(comp.);Zheng Yuanshu 鄭源璹 (ed.)
CollectionGuanzhen shu jicheng 官箴書集成
Number of volume5
Publication typeWoodblock
CommentRem.: A compendium of Shanxi administration printed for distribution to all the officials of the province, who must read it, says the fanli, “morning and evening”. General data on the province’s administrative geography, officialdom, population, tax structure, and so forth, are completed by “approved memorials” due to former governors, establishing the currently enforced regulations. J. 1 deals with the Shanxi bureaucracy, exploring such issues as official quotas, selection and transfer procedures, methods of evaluation, and salaries. J. 2 goes into more detail concerning the funding and expenses of officials and their subordinates, focusing on problems such as yanglian allowances, travel expenses, room and board costs, and donations to higher level officials. J. 3 provides information on population numbers, tax quotas, land use, native products, and regional borders. J. 4 is devoted to the production, transport, and sale of salt and grain. J. 5 discusses issues related to treasuries and granaries, including legal and illegal procedures for tax collection. J. 6 deals with educational, religious, and charitable organizations. J. 7 is on the military, focusing on the payment and provisioning of military personnel. J. 8 discusses such issues as water control, mining, and public works. The work was compiled by a team of officials and assistants under the direction of Governor Haining and Provincial Treasurer Zheng Yuanshu. (The cover-leaf of the copy at Harvard gives Zheng Yuanchu as the author; the GZSJC editors give Haining.) A much larger version of the same work was compiled under the direction of Governor Gangyi about a century later (see below). [phtc. préfaces, table]
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