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Xihan huiyao 西漢會要

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Xihan huiyao 西漢會要 "Institutional history of the Western Han dynasty" is an encyclopaedia on statecraft covering the Western Han 西漢 or Former Han period 前漢 (206 BCE-8 CE). It was compiled by the Southern Song period 南宋 (1127-1279) scholar Xu Tianlin 徐天麟. The book is 70 juan "scrolls" long and covers 367 themes in 15 categories. The arrangement and the idea is based on the Tang huiyao 唐會要, the institutional history of the Tang empire 唐 (618-907). The themes cover the dynastic house, state rituals and music, state coaches and robes, education, calendar, state offices and appointment, as well as administrative matters like taxes, state monoplies, penal law and local administration. The main sources for the Xihan huiyao were the two official dynastic histories Shiji 史記 and Hanshu 漢書, which is not sufficient to exhaust all available information on the political and administrative system of the Former Han state. In 1955 the Zhonghua shuju 中華書局 published a modern edition that is based on the late Qing edition of the Guangya publishing house 廣雅書局. In 1976 the Shanghai renmin press 上海人民出版社 published a new edition.

1.-6. 帝系 Dixi The imperial house
7.-20. 禮 Li Rites
21.-22. 樂 Yue Music
23.-24. 輿服 Yufu Chariots and robes
25.-26. 學校 Xuexiao State schools
27.-28. 運曆 Yunli Calendar
29.-30. 祥異 Xiangyi Portents and omina
31.-43. 職官 Zhiguan State offices
44.-45. 選舉 Xuanju Appointment of officials
46.-50. 民政 Minzheng Administration of the people (households and taxes)
51.-55. 食貨 Shihuo Food and commodities
56.-60. 兵 Bing Military
61.-63. 刑法 Xingfa Penal law
64.-67. 方域 Fangyu Local administration
68.-70. 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), pp. 113-114.

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