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Shandong yunhe beilan 山東運河備覽


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Shandong yunhe beilan 山東運河備覽 "Handbook on the (Management of the) Grand Canal in Shandong" is a book on river conservancy written by the mid-Qing period 清 (1644-1911) scholar Lu Yao 陸耀, courtesy name Lu Langfu 陸朗夫 or Lu Qinglai 陸青來. He came from Wujiang 吳江 (modern Suzhou 蘇州, Jiangsu) and and in QL 20 授內閣中書。后督運河堤工,復任藩司年余。巡撫湖南. His 12 juan "scrolls" long book was printed in 1775, and a second time in 1871. It is divided into maps, chronological tables of officials entrusted with the supervision of the Grand Canal, descriptions of five stretches of the Grand Canal in Shandong (Yunheting 運河廳, Buheting 捕河廳, Shang- and Xiaheting 上下二河廳 and several smaller branches of Quanhe zhuquanting 泉河廳), further measures of river-clearance (tiaohe shiyi 挑河事宜) and accounts (qianliang kuanxiang 錢糧款項). Lu Yao covered a long historical period from oldest times to 1772, yet with a focus on the late Ming 明 (1368-1644) and early Qing periods. His book is a very important source on the river conservancy works in the region between Beijing and Hangzhou 杭州, Zhejiang, along the whole length of the Grand Canal, but with a focus on Shandong, between Dezhou 德州 and Yixian 嶧縣.

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Source: Li Xueqin 李學勤, Lü Wenyu 呂文鬰 (ed. 1996), Siku da cidian 四庫大辭典 (Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe), Vol. 1, p. 1063.

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