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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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TitleCongzheng suoji 從政瑣記
Topic4.1 Magistrates handbooks: General
Historical periodLate Qing (1797-1911)
AuthorWang Shouxun 王守恂
CollectionGuanzhen shu jicheng 官箴書集成
Number of volume10
Publication typeWoodblock
CommentRem.: Not strictly speaking a gongdu collection, this comparatively short work is an informal and rather lively record of some of the author’s experiences. It includes judicial cases dealt with while he was serving at the Ministry of Justice after the Chinese authorities had regained control of the administration of justice in the wake of the occupation of Beijing by the eight-nation forces in 1900; problems of extraterritoriality and relations with foreigners, as well as problems of law and order in the capital, are frequently mentioned. Further entries concern the author’s functions in Kaifeng (see below).
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