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Wudai huiyao 五代會要


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Wudai huiyao 五代會要 is an institutional history of the Five Dynasties 五代 (907-960). This 30 juan "scrolls" long book was compiled by the Northern Song period 北宋 (960-1126) historian Wang Pu 王溥. Wang was a high official at the court of the Later Zhou dynasty 後周 (951-960) and also served the Song dynasty in a high position. He was author of Zhou Shizong shilu 周世宗實錄, the veritable records of Emperor Shizong 後周世宗 (r. 954-959) of the Later Zhou, the Tang huiyao 唐會要, and has written a lot of literary works. The Wudai huiyao is arranged in 279 topics which is each dealt with chronologically through each one of the Five Dynasties. The general composition is the same as in the Tang huiyao. The book was finished in 963 and is the oldest treatise on the institutional history of that period and is, furthermore, much more detailed than the two official histories of the Five Dynasties, the Jiu Wudaishi 舊五代史 and Xin Wudaishi 新五代史. It is remarkable that Wang Pu, as a central government official of the Later Zhou, had access to archival documents and made use of such.
The book was stored in the Historiographic Institute (shiguan 史館). The first print was made in 1046, a second one in 1171, and a moveable letter print during the 18th century. In 1886 the Jiangsu press 江蘇書局 made an excellent print, on which the edition by the Zhonghua shuju press 中華書局 from 1978 is based.


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Source: Huang Weihu 黃偉虎 (1992), "Wudai huiyao 五代會要", in Zhongguo da baike quanshu 中國大百科全書, Zhongguo lishi 中國歷史 (Beijing/Shanghai: Zhongguo da baike quanshu chubanshe), Vol. 3, p. 1241.

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