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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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documentTypeBook
TitleJuguan rixing lu 居官日省錄[A Manual for the Daily Self-Examination of Officials]
Topic4.1 Magistrates handbooks: General
Historical periodLate Qing (1797-1911)
AuthorWuertong’a 覺羅烏爾通阿
CollectionGuanzhen shu jicheng 官箴書集成
Number of volume8
Publication typeWoodblock
CommentRem.: A work of the fajie 法戒 type, following the model of the Congzheng yigui and the Juguan guaguo lu (qq.vv.), arranged in 40 sections corresponding to the problems of local government and official behavior as discussed in the standard handbooks, and similarly organized. J. 1 is devoted to assuming one’s post and establishing fruitful relations with one’s superiors and colleagues, private secretaries, clerks and runners, and scriveners; j. 2 has considerations on relief, baojia, and education; j. 3 is on the administration of justice, with entries devoted to investigation and imprisonment and to the prosecution and punishment of homicide, banditry, and sexual crimes; j. 4 discusses the administrative and surveillance responsibilities of magistrates, providing descriptions and models of various types of documentation, like reports to superiors, responses to requests, and public pronouncements; j. 5 focuses on the social and ritual responsibilities of officials, including performance of sacrifices and other ritual duties, promotion of public morals, education, care for orphans and the poor, maintainence of public roads, and prohibition of bad social customs like gambling; j. ­6 is devoted to the qualities of an official, such as integrity, prudence, devotion to work, austerity, etc. Each section has (1) an introduction by the author; (2) anecdotes (shiji 示蹟), classified by contents (first models and then warnings) rather than chronologically, without date or indication of source; and (3) maxims (geyan 格言). The sources include dynastic histories, various texts, and even “hearsay” (chuanwen 傳聞) on recent officials. Quotations from such texts as the Juguan guaguo lu, the Dangguan gongguo ge 當官功過格 by Ma Huiwo 馬惠我, or the works of Wang Huizu, are included. Xiao Peiyuan’s preface insists that in spite of its title the work can be read with profit by officials of every rank. [phtc. table, préfaces, fanli, extr.]
SubjectLaw
LanguageChinese
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