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Xichui jishi benmo 西陲紀事本末

Sep 11, 2019 © Ulrich Theobald

Xichui jishi benmo 西陲紀事本末 is an anonymous rare book on Tibet in manuscript form. It has a length of 4 juan and ends in the year 1793. The content is an adaption of official sources, and quotes, for instance, the Qianlong Emperor's 乾隆帝 (r. 1735-1795) remarks on his "Ten Accomplished Wars" (Shiquan wugong ji 十全武功記), and brings this document into relation of the second Gorkha war (1791-1792). The second fascicle (Fanmu 番目) describes the administration of Tibet from the Kalön (Ch. kabulun 噶布倫), the four prime ministers, down to the local level. Part three presents the names, distances, and conditions of courier stations from Tashi Lhumpo Monastery (Ch. Zhashilunbu 札什倫布) in Tsang to Lhasa in Ü. The last juan renders the inscription of the stele which commander Fukanggan 福康安 (1754-1796) erected in 1792 after his victory over the Gorkhas.

The text of the Xichui jishi benmo is found in the series Zhongguo fangzhi congshu 中國方志叢書 (1966).

Wang Zhaoming 王兆明, Fu Langyun 傅朗雲, eds. (1991). Zhonghua gu wenxian da cidian 中華古文獻大辭典, Vol. Dili 地理卷 (Changchun: Jilin wenshi chubanshe), 127.