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Yuedong jiaofei jilüe 粵東剿匪紀略

Aug 22, 2011 © Ulrich Theobald

Yuedong jiafei jilüe 粵東剿匪紀略 "Military annals of the extinction of the bandits from Guangdong" is the title of a privately written book about the Taiping rebellion 太平. It was written by the Qing-period 清 (1644-1911) author Chen Kun 陳坤, about whom not much is known. He hailed from Hangzhou 杭州, Zhejiang and was a low official in Guangdong, a situation providing him with a lot of knowledge about the local secret societies (huidang 會黨) and their suppression by the army. He collected also official reports about the local history and composed them to a kind of chronicle.

Of this collection, he started writing a book about the rebellion of Li Shikui 李士奎 that began in 1850 in Lingshan 靈山 in the prefecture of Lianzhou 廉州 (today's Hepu 合浦), Guandong, and could only be suppressed in 1866. The book also narrates the invasion of the province of Guangdong by the Taiping leaders Wang Haiyang 汪海洋 (1830-1866) and Li Shixian 李世賢 (1834-1865). Chen's 5-juan long Yuedong jiaofei jilüe was printed in 1871.

According to the catalogue in the Fanshu ouji 販書偶記, there was another book with that title written by a certain Zheng Honggui 鄭洪溎. Yet it seems that this is an error of the catalogue, and that the book quoted is the same as that of Chen Kun.

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, 921.