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The Origins of the 
Quebei Reservoir

image of T'oung Pao

The origins of the strategically and economically important Quebei reservoir have long been attributed to the sixth-century B.C. Chu statesman Sunshu Ao, making it China’s earliest major irrigation complex. Despite sparse evidence, this tradition became widely accepted, especially in the Huainan region. Challenges to the attribution did not rest on stronger bases and likewise assumed the reservoir to be of pre-Han origin. In reality, careful examination of the sources, of the development of hydraulic technology, and of the political context points to a Western Han origin for the Quebei irrigation complex. The result is a better appreciation of the transitional nature of the Western Han for Chinese agriculture and a cautionary example of the pitfalls of studying local history.

L’origine du réservoir Quebei, dont l’importance économique et stratégique était grande, a longtemps été attribuée à Sunshu Ao, un homme d’État du Chu au vie siècle avant notre ère, ce qui en aurait fait le plus ancien système d’irrigation à grande échelle en Chine. Malgré la pauvreté des données venant l’appuyer, cette tradition a été largement acceptée, notamment dans la région du Huainan. Lorsqu’elle était contestée, c’était sur des bases tout aussi faibles, et en tout état de cause nul ne mettait en doute que le réservoir datait d’avant les Han. L’examen attentif des sources et la prise en compte de l’histoire des techniques hydrauliques et du contexte politique suggèrent qu’en réalité le système d’irrigation du Quebei a été créé sous les Han Occidentaux. Il en ressort une meilleure appréciation du caractère transitionnel des Han Occidentaux dans l’histoire de l’agriculture chinoise et une conscience accrue des pièges de l’histoire locale.

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2012-01-01
2016-12-03

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