Dushi Fangyu Jiyao

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Dushi Fangyu Jiyao (simplified Chinese: 读史方舆纪要; traditional Chinese: 讀史方輿紀要; lit. 'Essence of Historical Geography or Essentials of Geography for Reading History') is an important Chinese book written by Qing dynasty geographer Gu Zuyu [zh] (1631–1692 or 1624–1680), between 1630 and 1660.[1]

The book covers aspects of natural, historical, and administrative geography, focusing especially on topography as it affects military strategy.[1] It is notable for listing the names of 30,000 places.[2]


  1. ^ a b Smith, Richard Joseph (1994). China's Cultural Heritage: The Qing Dynasty, 1644-1912. Westview Press. p. 14. ISBN 978-0-8133-1347-4.
  2. ^ Wilkinson, Endymion (2000). Chinese History: A Manual. Harvard Univ Asia Center. p. 154. ISBN 978-0-674-00249-4.

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