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Almost everything we know about agriculture during the Six Dynasties comes from one landmark work, the Qimin yaoshu (Essential Techniques [or Arts] for the Common People), completed sometime between 533 and 544. The author, Jia Sixie, was an estate owner and practicing farmer who had served the Northern Wei government as a middle-level official.

It may seem an exaggeration to claim that an agricultural treatise should be classed among the written masterpieces of the Six Dynasties. The author of the Qimin yaoshu does not dazzle his readers with poetic ingenuity, nor does he expound subtle aesthetic or philosophical theories, nor offer esoteric instruction in the arts of transcendence.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Cambridge History of China
Subtitle of host publicationVolume Two. The Six Dynasties, 220-589
EditorsAlbert E. Dien, Keith N. Knapp
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9781108660464, 9781139107334
ISBN (Print)9781107020771
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019

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NameThe Cambridge History of China


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