Chinese local gazetteers (fangzhi or difangzhi) are handbooks about Chinese administrative regions, structured according to subject matter. The genre emerged during the Northern Song era in the 11th century and continues to exist to this day. The number of volumes from the beginnings until 1949 is more than 8300. Since 1949 about 2000 new works have been composed.
Local Gazetteers(1,596 words)
Cite this pageMoll-Murata, Christine, “Local Gazetteers”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 22 June 2018
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018
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