On the Achievements and Significance of Qing Dynasty Scholar’s Epigraphic Research on Tang’s Geography
Wang Xueling (College of History and Civilization of Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an, 710062)
As one of the flourishing periods of Epigraphic research, Qing Dynasty has seen a variety of Epigraphic works, of which quite a number focused on Tang Dynasty, a time when the dominating amount of the stone carvings were created in Chinese history. Being a unique type of stone carving, Epitaph Steles contains a large quantity of historical clues relating to geographical contents. Consequently, the works of Qing’s epigraphic research on Tang Geography are often considered as the most valuable portion. By analyzing the lost names of the Prefecture of Zhe Chong; the governing levels of all counties, errors in misnaming places, Buddhism temples as well as the studies on Chang’An Zhi, the paper summarizes the achievement of Qing scholars’ research works with the intent to further comment on its contribution to and the significance upon the future study on Tang History.