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Ping Zhe jilüe 平浙紀略

Aug 22, 2011 © Ulrich Theobald

Ping Zhe jilüe 平浙紀略 "Military annals of the pacification of Zhejiang" is a local history of the suppression of the Taiping rebellion 太平 written by the Qing-period 清 (1644-1911) historians Qin Xiangye 秦湘業 (1813-1883) and Chen Zhongying 陳鐘英. Qin Xiangye, courtesy name Yinghua 應華, style Danru 澹如, hailed from Wuxi 無錫, Jiangsu, and was expectant circuit intendant (houbu daoyuan 候補道員). Chen Zhongying hailed from Hengshan 衡山, Hunan, and was expectant district magistrate (houbu zhixian 候補知縣).

Their book describes how the imperial army under Zuo Zongtang 左宗棠 (1812-1885) fought against the Heavenly Kingdom of the Taiping 太平天國 between 1858 to 1864. It goes into detail in narrating the methods of Zuo Zongtang to built up an effective operative military system, the reasons for the initial defeat in the beginning, and how the Zhejiang army advanced to Anhui, Jiangxi, Fujiang and Guangdong to fight against the various armies of the Taiping kingdom. The book imitates the military overviews given in the Shengwuji 聖武記 and Huangchao wugong jisheng 皇朝武功紀盛 and is so not a purely annalistic book. It includes numerous quotations of crucial memorials of the leading generals to the court and does not rely on private documents or orally transmitted reports of eye-witnesses. The only exception is Xu Yaoguang's 許瑤光 book Tanzhe 談浙 "About Zhejiang". The two authors submitted their book to the governor (xunfu 巡撫) of Zhejiang, Yang Changjun 楊昌浚.

The Pingzhe jilüe was printed in 1873 by the Zhejiang Shuju Press 浙江書局, and again in 1874.

Li Xueqin 李學勤, Lü Wenyu 呂文鬰, eds. (1996). Siku da cidian 四庫大辭典 (Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe), Vol. 1, 921.
Wan Li 萬里, ed. (2006). Hu-Xiang wenhua da cidian 湖湘文化大辭典 (Changsha: Hunan renmin chubanshe), Vol. 1, 352.