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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
TitleJiangsu shengli 江蘇省例 [Provincial Regulations of Jiangsu]
Topic3.2 Regulations collections: local regulations
Historical periodLate Qing (1797-1911)
CountryChinese
AuthorAnonymous
Collection中國古代地方法律文獻 (丙編) Vol. 11, 12, 13
Publication typeWoodblock
Comment

This selection of regulations considered important for the restoration of government in Jiangsu starts with the year 1863, which is when the provincial capital was recovered from the Taipings. The work is intended for the magistrates of the province to ensure uniformity in implementation. The periods covered by the four installments are 1863-68, 1869-79, 1880-82, and 1883-89. However, the sibian has additional fasc. bringing its contents to 1898 (Columbia copy), or 1907 (Ōki and Niida copies). The first two installments have fanli; the second fanli notes that, while certain documents in the first installment have been abridged for concision, henceforth they are reproduced in their entirety (indeed, repetitions and bureaucratic formulas make entries significantly longer on average). The regulations are arranged by year, with orders circulated (通飭) by the administration commissioner (藩政) coming first, followed by those circulated by the surveillance commissioner (臬政), each with a mulu at the beginning of each year. The fanli to the first installment recalls that the former deal with fiscal matters and personnel management, while the latter concern judicial cases, prisons, and the postal system. In fact there is a certain amount of overlap, as well as a wider array of topics: for example, there are several entries on morality control, including a list promulgated by governor Ding Richang (see under Fu Wu gongdu) of 122 “pornographic novels” (淫詞小說) and 111 “pornographic libretti” (小本淫詞唱片) to prohibit. The number of entries per section and per year varies widely, from one (or even none at all) to twenty or more. Part of the entries are in the form of reports or proposals approved by the higher authorities. Some are simply forwarding orders edicted by the governor or governor-general, or even regulations sent down by one of the ministries in Beijing. Others present themselves as proclamations or prohibitions, or procedures (章程). The central margins feature the word fan 藩 or nie 臬, the content of the regulation discussed (as found in the mulu), and the year, making consultation very easy. In general the work provides interesting details on post-Taiping reconstruction in Jiangsu.

SubjectLaw
LanguageChinese
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江蘇省例續編.pdf (105.71 Mo)

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