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Guang baijiang zhuantong 廣百將傳統 "Enlarged Comprehensive Biographies of One Hundred Generals"


The Guang baijiang zhuantong 廣百將傳統 "Enlarged comprehensive biographies of one hundred generals", also known as Guang mingjiangzhuan 廣名將傳 or Guang mingjiangpu 廣名將譜, is a collection of biographies of important generals in Chinese history. It was compiled by the Ming period 明 (1368-1644) scholar Chen Yuansu 陳元素, commented by Huang Daozhou 黃道周, and enlarged by Zhou Liangfu 周亮輔. It is written as a supplement to the Song period 宋 (960-1279) book Baijiangzhuan 百將傳. In 20 juan "scrolls", the Guang baijiang zhuantong presents the history of 185 commanders from the Zhou 周 (11th cent.-221 BCE) to the Ming periods, with a focus on persons of the Ming and some Southern Song period 南宋 (1127-1279) generals fighting against the Jurchens. The book is enriched by 20 illustrations. It was printed in 1643. For each persons, a critique is provided explaining the strong points in the ability to wage war successfully.

Source: Su Chuanxun 蘇傳訓 (1989). "Guang baijiang zhuantong 廣百將傳統", in: Zhongguo da baike quanshu 中國大百科全書, Junshi 軍事, vol. 1, p. 307. Beijing/Shanghai: Zhongguo da baike quanshu chubanshe.

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