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Zhaodai wudong bian 昭代武功編

Mar 1, 2012 © Ulrich Theobald

Zhaodai wugong bian 昭代武功編 "Military campaigns of the Splendid Dynasty" is a military history of the Ming dynasty 明 (1368-1644) written by Fan Jingwen 范景文 (1587-1644), courtesy name Mengzhang 夢章 or Zhigong 質公, style Siren 思仁. He was a high minister at the court. When the rebel Li Zicheng 李自成 (1606-1645) entered the capital Beijing and ended the Ming dynasty, Fan Jingwen drown himself in a well. He has authored the books Dachenpu 大臣譜, Shilü 師律 and Nanzhu zhi 南樞志. His collected works are included in the Fan Wenzhenggong wenji 范文貞公文集.

The 10-juan long Zhaodai wugong bian begins with the campaign of Zhu Yuanzhang 朱元璋 (Emperor Taizu 明太祖 r. 1368-1398), founder of the Ming dynasty, against Chen Youliang 陳友諒 (1320-1363) and reaches down to Li Hualong's 李化龍 (1554-1611) expedition against the rebel Yang Yinglong 楊應龍 during the Wanli reign-period 萬曆 (1573-1619). The book was printed during the Chongzhen reign-period 崇禎 (1628-1644). Large parts of it are identical to that of the official dynastic history Mingshi 明史, respectively the official chronicles the Ming history was based upon.

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, 909.