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Zheng Mian jilüe 征緬紀略

May 31, 2011 © Ulrich Theobald

Zheng Mian jilüe 征緬紀略 "Military annals of the campaigns against Myanmar" is an unofficial history of the war of the Qing dynasty 清 (1644-1911) against Myanmar during the late 1760s. The 2-juan long book was compiled by Wang Chang 王昶 (1725-1806).

Wang took part in the Myanmar campaigns and the Second Jinchuan War of 1771-1776. He is known for his inclination towards literary acitivites and wrote numerous essays and poems. He also took part in the compilation of the imperial geography Da-Qing yitong zhi 大清一統志 and the administrative encyclopaedias Santong 三通. For his book about the Myanmar campaigns, Wang Chang made use of Wu Kai's 吳楷 book Zheng Mian jilüe 征緬紀略. He abridged the text, added his own experiences and provided a more narrative description of the campaigns than Wu, resulting in a kind of diary, enriched with some poems.

He wrote also a similar text about the Jinchuan war called Shujiao jiwen 蜀徼紀聞. Wang Chang's Zhengmian jilüe is included in the series Zhaodai congshu 昭代叢書.

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, 916.