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The OLD BOOK OF TANG, or simply the BOOK OF TANG, is the first classic historical work about the Tang dynasty
Tang dynasty
, comprising 200 chapters, and is one of the Twenty-Four Histories . Originally compiled during the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period , it was superseded by the New Book of Tang which was compiled in the Song dynasty , but later regained acceptance.

CONTENTS

* 1 Structure * 2 History * 3 References * 4 Works cited * 5 Further reading * 6 External links

STRUCTURE

The Old Book of Tang
Old Book of Tang
comprises 200 chapters.

HISTORY

The book began when Later Jin 's founding emperor Shi Jingtang ordered its compilation in 941. The original chief editor was Zhao Ying (趙瑩), who was also the chancellor then. However, by the time of its completion, Liu Xu had become chancellor and taken over the work of organisation; as a result he was credited as chief editor when the work was presented in 945 to Emperor Chu of Jin .

Being a relatively quickly compiled work of official history, the Old Book of Tang was a compilation of earlier annals, now lost; it further incorporates other monographs and biographies, using as sources (for instance) the Tongdian of Du You . These sources were often directly copied from records and earlier histories, and the result would be severely criticised during the Northern Song ; Emperor Renzong of Song , for example, called the book "poorly organised, burdened with unimportant details, wanting in style and poorly researched". These errors even included duplicated biographies of characters.

Because of these criticisms, in 1044 a new history of the Tang dynasty was commissioned; with Ouyang Xiu and