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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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TitleHunan shengli cheng’an 湖南省例成案[Precedents and Provincial Regulations of Hunan Province]
Topic3.2 Regulations collections: local regulations
Historical periodLate Qing (1797-1911)
Collection中國古代地方法律文獻 (丙編) Vol. 1-6
Publication typeWoodblock
CommentRem.: A large archive (68 fascicles) of regulations and precedents in force in the province to serve as a guide and reference to local administrators. The principle of organization, apparent in the very long two-fascicle mulu (the relevant part being repeated at the head of each chapter), is the Penal Code, viz. its seven parts—“General principles” (mingli lü 名例律), Personnel (lilü 吏律), Revenue (hulü 戶律), and so forth—and then in each part a selection of the statutes, under which all the documents are systematically classified and whose captions are recalled in the central margin, thus providing a convenient means of locating whatever type of information. For some reason the first six parts are numbered j. 1-20, but the last (Public Works) is numbered separately in 2 juan. Some regulations may belong to the more general circulars received across the entire empire, but virtually all the materials are documents actually originating from Hunan. For example, under the first statute of the Code (“five punishments”) are found general regulations on the size and weight of the instruments of torture, but the rest is cases of misuse of torture adjudicated in Hunan; under the statute 化外人有犯 in the mingli part are orders and regulations from the Hunan governor dealing with Miao aborigines; likewise, under the statute “Not maintaining dykes in time” (失時不修堤防) in the « Public Works » section are a large number of cases, directives, regulations and reports dealing with the problems of protection and drainage specific to the province. Under the statute 失火 there are many directives on combatting fire. And so on. All the domains of administration are concerned. (The first juan of the part on revenue is missing from the copy at Ōki.)
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