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Shandong yunhe beilan 山東運河備覽

Dec 21, 2013 © Ulrich Theobald

Shandong yunhe beilan 山東運河備覽 "Handbook on the (Management of the) Grand Canal in Shandong" is a book on river conservancy written by the mid-Qing period 清 (1644-1911) scholar Lu Yao 陸耀, courtesy name Lu Langfu 陸朗夫 or Lu Qinglai 陸青來.

Lu hailed from Wujiang 吳江 (modern Suzhou 蘇州, Jiangsu) and was in 1756 made secretary in the Grand Secretariat (neige zhongshu 內閣中書). Later on he supervised dam construction at the Grand Canal and was a provincial administration commissioner (buzhengshi 布政使). He ended his career as governor (xunfu 巡撫) of Hunan.

His 12-juan long book was printed in 1775, and a second time in 1871. It is divided into maps, chronological tables of officials entrusted with the supervision of the Grand Canal, descriptions of five stretches of the Grand Canal in Shandong (Yunheting 運河廳, Buheting 捕河廳, Shang- and Xiaheting 上下二河廳 and several smaller branches of Quanhe zhuquanting 泉河廳), further measures of river-clearance (tiaohe shiyi 挑河事宜) and accounts (qianliang kuanxiang 錢糧款項).

Lu Yao covered a long historical period from oldest times to 1772, yet with a focus on the late Ming 明 (1368-1644) and early Qing periods. His book is a very important source on the river conservancy works in the region between Beijing and Hangzhou 杭州, Zhejiang, along the whole length of the Grand Canal, but with a focus on Shandong, between Dezhou 德州 and Yixian 嶧縣.

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