By Denis Twitchett
This publication describes how the chinese language govt, among approximately 620 and 850, built an legit association designed to pick, technique, and edit fabric for inclusion in respectable historic works ultimately to be integrated in an legitimate historical past of the dynasty. the 1st half provides an in depth account of the institution of the reliable equipment designed to supply a checklist of the T'ang dynasty, which might stay typical for greater than a millennium, with a few research of the people who served in those places of work. the second one half provides all on hand aspect in regards to the numerous works produced by means of this gear, divided between its a number of genres, and directory all identified titles, their authorship, and their relationships to each other. The 3rd half indicates the cumulative procedure during which a dynastic historical past got here into being, and how during which we will be able to notice a number of components within the accomplished historical past.
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The latter informs us that it was written in 756. Formal descriptions of the academy are to be found in TUT 9, pp. 22a-28a; CTS 43, pp. 1851-2; HTS 47, pp. 1212-13 (Rotours, Fonctionnaires, vol. 1, pp. 189-98); TT 21, p. 126c; THY 64, pp. 1118-21. The Chi-hsien yuan had its main premises in the Ta-ming Palace, immediately west of the Historiographical Office. It also had a building or buildings in the Hsing-ch'ing Palace in Ch'ang-an, and premises at the detached palace at the hot spring west of the capital, the Hua-ch'ing kung.
Although Wen Ta-ya was a member of Li Yuan's original entourage, and the Ta-T'ang ch'uang-yeh ch'i-chii chu has been much used by modern revisionist historians as evidence supporting the future Kao-tsu's role as the real leader of the T'ang uprising against the Sui, it is worth remembering that Wen Ta-ya was also closely associated with Li Shih-min, the future T'ai-tsung, both before and after he usurped the throne in 626. The deliberate attempts to tamper with the record of the dynastic founding in T'ai-tsung's favor were made in the 640s and 650s, long after Wen Ta-ya's death.
There is ample evidence, for example, that the Historiographical Office actually did receive the Accounts of Conduct and the recommendations on posthumous canonization for deceased high officials. Population and tax figures reported by the Board of Finance were certainly sent in and included in the record. 101 After the An Lu-shan rebellion, this system for reporting information fell into disorder and disuse. 102 There is, however, no means of checking whether this was actually done. The system certainly fell into disuse during the latter decades of the T'ang and during the political confusion of the Liang dynasty (907-23).
The Writing of Official History under the T’ang by Denis Twitchett