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Houhu zhi 後湖志


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Houhu zhi 後湖志 "Report from Lake Houhu" is a collection of various documents and reports from the "Yellow Booklets Archive" (huangceku 黃冊庫) that was located near the shores of the same name, the modern Lake Xuanwu 玄武湖 in Nanjing 南京, Jiangsu. Nanjing was the southern capital of the Ming dynasty 明 (1368-1644). The official Zhao Guan 趙官 published in 1513 ten juan "scrolls" of various documents from Ming archives and official regulations, but also added his own opinion that was often presented in the shape of poems. The main content of the Houhu zhi are memorials and edicts concerning household registration and tax registers and this makes it an important source for social and economic history of the whole Ming period, especially in the region of Nanjing.

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Source: Wei Qingyuan 韋慶遠 (1992), "Houhu zhi 後湖志", 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. 1, p. 374.

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