September 29, 2018

筹办夷务始末 同治 Chouban yiwu shimo

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Before the Qing court 清 set up an institution for foreign affairs, the ambassadors or rather representants of foreign countries were dealt with as tributary missionaries of “barbarians” (yi 夷). In a large collection of archival material countless details of foreign affairs from the Daoguang period (Daoguang 16 = 1836) on are revealed, describing how the Qing court dealt with the problems of foreign intrusion from the prohibition of selling opium on until 1874. The first part, covering the years from 1836 until 1850 (Daoguang period), in 80 scrolls (juan 卷), was compiled by Wenqing 文慶. The second part, from 1851 until 1861 (Xianfeng period), in 80 juan, was compiled under the direction of Jia Zhen 賈禎. The third part, covering the years from 1861 until 1874 (Tongzhi period), in 100 juan, was compiled by 寶鋆 Baoyun. The collection Chouban yiwu shimo lists imperial edicts (shangyu 上諭), court directions (tingji 廷寄), court discussions (zhaohui 照會) and memorials (zouzhe 奏摺), including more than 3600 documents. It is therefore a highly important source for the history of the two Opiums Wars, the role of foreign countries during the Taiping Rebellion, and for the question of Christian missionaries and the concession territories ceded to the foreign powers.
The “Foreign affairs” were first published in 1930 by the Palace Museum, but Zhonghua shuju has published a version with index.

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