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Cuishi zhenglun 崔氏政論 "The Treatise on Politics by Master Cui"

The Cuishi zhenglun 崔氏政論 "Treatise on politics by Master Cui" is a political treatise written by the Later Han period 後漢 (25-220) scholar Cui Shi 崔寔 (died ca. 170 CE). The imperial bibliography Jingjizhi 經籍志 in the official dynastic history Suishu 隋書 lists a books Zhenglun 正論 "Treatise on orthodoxy" with a length of 5 juan "scrolls", the bibliography in the Jiutangshu 舊唐書 gives the correct characters 政論. The book was soon lost, but the Qing period 清 (1644-1911) scholar Ma Guohan 馬國翰 collected surviving fragments and compiled a reconstructed book he called Cuishi zhenglun. The book stresses the importance of laws and regulations for a well-funciontioning administration.
The Cuishi zhenglun is included in Ma Guohan's reprint series Yuhan shanfang jiyi shu 玉函山房輯佚書. A description can be found in the Xuxiu siku quanshu tiyao 續修四庫全書提要.

Source: Li Xueqin 李學勤, Lü Wenyu 呂文鬰 (1996). Siku da cidian 四庫大辭典, vol. 2, p. 1642. Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe.

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