Notes from the Archives: The First Historical Archives of China

Notes from the Archives: The First Historical Archives of China

David Porter Ph.D. Candidate, Harvard University I spent two months this summer at the First Historical Archives in Beijing. This post is intended to provide a few updates on Macabe Keliher’s superbly informative review of the FHA for Dissertation Reviews and a bit of information about using the archives to look at Manchu documents. Before I get to the practicalities, though, I’d like to encourage readers to take a look at my post (also at MSG), dealing with one of the documents I found in the archives, as an example of the treasures...

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Qianlong the Petty Tyrant

Qianlong the Petty Tyrant

David Porter Ph.D. Candidate, Harvard University This post is based on a Manchu language lufu zouzhe (錄副奏摺) that I found in the First Historical Archives in Beijing on a research trip this summer. Readers may also be interested in taking a look at my post (also at MSG) dealing with the practicalities of using the FHA and its Manchu language collections. On the 12th day of the 10th month of the 50th year of the Qianlong Emperor’s reign (that’s November 13, 1785 in the Western calendar), the acting Provincial Judge (按察使) of...

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