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Provinces And Commandery Units Of Later Han

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This chapter presents a table, which is based on the list of provinces, commanderies, kingdoms and dependent states presented in the Treatise on Administrative Geography taken over from the Xu Han shu of Sima Biao. Despite errors and confusions the Treatise provides a good picture of the situation about the middle of the second century providing details of name and/or status changes before and after the 140s under each entry. During the years of civil war which followed the death of Emperor Ling in 189, however, many warlords made changes to commandery and provincial units; these were often contradictory and only a few of the rearrangements are cited below, while others are mentioned at appropriate places among the biographies.

Keywords: commandery; provinces; Xu Han shu



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