ChinaKnowledge.de - An Encyclopaedia on Chinese History, Literature and Art
About [Location: HOME > Literature > Four Categories > Historiography > Alternative Histories > Jinshi shan]


Chinese Literature
Jinshi shan 晉史刪


The Four Categories of Literature
Jinshi shan 晉史刪 is an abbreviated version of the official dynastic history of the Jin dynasty 晉 (265-420), Jinshu 晉書. It was compiled by the Ming period scholar Mao Guojin 茅國縉 (jinshi degree 1584), courtesy name Jianqing 薦卿, style Ercan 二岑, from Gui'an 歸安 (today's Huzhou 湖州, Zhejiang). He was investigating censor (jiancha yushi 監察御史) but then degraded to magistrate (zhixian 知縣) of Xichuan 淅川, and was finally secretary (zhushi 主事) in the Ministry of Works (gongbu 工部) in Nanjing. His 40-juan long book is recorded in the local gazetteer Zhejiang tongzhi 浙江通志. It was written because the Jinshu is written too confuse and long. Mao abbreviated lengthy paragraphs and retained the most important statements. Yet because he was not too familiar with the history of the Jin period the product of his revision was not accepted by historians. Most disappointing are his cuttings of the treatise chapters which made it impossible to understand the complex system of state administration during that period. In some instances he also added commentaries to biographies rendering wrong statements.

Source: 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. 929.

Contents
XX

February 15, 2016 © Ulrich Theobald · Mail
Chinese Literature over time