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Balebu jilüe 巴勒布紀略

May 31, 2011 © Ulrich Theobald

(Qinding) Balebu jilüe (欽定)巴勒布紀略 "(Imperially endorsed) Military history of the campaign against Nepal" is an official history of the so-called First Gorkha War, in 1788. The 26-juan long book was compiled by the Military Annals Bureau (fanglüeguan 方略館) of the Qing dynasty 清 (1644-1911). It belongs to the historiographical type of military annals (fanglüe 方略).

The war erupted when Rana Bahadur Shah, King of Nepal (1775-1805), invaded the southern parts of Tibet with the monastery of Shigatse. The Qianlong Emperor 乾隆帝 (r. 1736-1795) ordered Bajung 巴忠, Ohui 鄂輝 (d. 1798) and Cengde 成德 to push back the invaders. The Balebu jilüe described the reasons for and the course of the war, ending with the submission of the Lord of Nepal. It also describes the natural and political conditions of Nepal. The book was never printed and is only available as a manuscript in the Imperial Palace Library 故宮圖書館. A facsimile of this manuscript was published in 1991 in the series Xizangxue Hanwen wenxian huike I 西藏學漢文文獻彙刊第一輯.

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Gao Wende 高文德, ed. (1995). Zhongguo shaoshu minzu shi da cidian 中國少數民族史大辭典 (Changchun: Jilin jiaoyu chubanshe), 417.
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, 915.
Wu Feng 吳楓, ed. (1987). Jianming Zhongguo guji cidian 簡明中國古籍辭典 (Changchun: Jilin wenshi chubanshe), 165.