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Donghan huiyao 東漢會要

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Donghan huiyao 東漢會要 "Institutional history of the Eastern Han Dynasty" is an encyclopaedia on statecraft covering the Eastern or Later Han period 後漢 (25-220 CE). It was compiled by the Southern Song period 南宋 (1127-1279) scholar Xu Tianlin 徐天麟. The book is 40 juan "scrolls" long and covers 384 themes in 15 categories. The arrangement and the idea is based on the Tang huiyao 唐會要, the institutional history of the Tang dynasty 唐 (618-907). While the Xihan huiyao 西漢會要, written shortly before, does not add comments to the sources, Xu Tianlin was much more critical to the sources he used for the Donghan huiyao. The source material used for the latter is much more varied as that for the Xihan huiyao. Except the official dynastic history Houhanshu 後漢書, Xu made use of a lot of other sources. The categories are not exactly identical to that in the Xihan huiyao. In 1955 the Zhonghua shuju 中華書局 published a reprint based on the old edition in the reprint series Guoxue jiben congshu 國學基本叢書, and in 1978 a modern edition was published by the Shanghai guji press 上海古籍出版社.

帝系 Dixi The imperial house
Li Rites
Yue Music
輿服 Yufu Chariots and robes
文學 Wenxue Scholarship
曆數 Lishu Calendar and astronomy
封建 Fengjian Titles of nobility
職官 Zhiguan State offices
選舉 Xuanju Appointment of officials
民政 Minzheng Administration of the people (households and taxes)
食貨 Shihuo Food and commodities
Bing Military
刑法 Xingfa Penal law
方域 Fangyu Local administration
蕃夷 Fanyi Barbarians

Sources: Li Xueqin 李學勤, Lü Wenyu 呂文鬰 (ed. 1996), Siku da cidian 四庫大辭典 (Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe), Vol. 1, p. 1459. ● Zhao Hankun 趙含坤 (ed. 2005), Zhongguo leishu 中國類書 (Shijiazhuang: Hebei renmin chubanshe), p. 114.

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