Ancient China and Its Enemies: The Rise of Nomadic Power in East Asian History

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Cambridge University Press, 22.04.2004 - 369 Seiten
Relations between Inner Asian nomads and Chinese are a continuous theme throughout Chinese history. By investigating the formation of nomadic cultures, by analyzing the evolution of patterns of interaction along China's frontiers, and by exploring how this interaction was recorded in historiography, this looks at the origins of the cultural and political tensions between these two civilizations through the first millennium BC. The main purpose of the book is to analyze ethnic, cultural, and political frontiers between nomads and Chinese in the historical contexts that led to their formation, and to look at cultural perceptions of 'others' as a function of the same historical process. Based on both archaeological and textual sources, this 2002 book also introduces a new methodological approach to Chinese frontier history, which combines extensive factual data with a careful scrutiny of the motives, methods, and general conception of history that informed the Chinese historian Ssu-ma Ch'ien.

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An intense and in-depth look at the Xiongnu of ancient China (focusing on the Ch'in and Han Dynasties). A bit long-winded but important reading for those seeking a stronger understanding of the steppe ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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The Steppe Highway The Rise of Pastoral Nomadism as a Eurasian Phenomenon
13
Bronze Iron and Gold The Evolution of Nomadic Cultures on the Northern Frontier of China
44
II
91
Beasts and Birds The Historical Context of Early Chinese Perceptions of the Northern Peoples
93
Walls and Horses The Beginning of Historical Contacts between HorseRiding Nomads and Chinese States
127
Those Who Draw the Bow The Rise of the Hsiungnu Nomadic Empire and the Political Unification of the Nomads
161
From Peace to War Chinas Shift from Appeasement to Military Engagement
206
III
253
In Search of Grass and Water Ethnography and History of the North in the Historians Records
255
Taming the North The Rationalization of the Nomads in Ssuma Chiens Historical Thought
294
Conclusion
313
Glossary
319
Select Bibliography
335
Index
361
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Über den Autor (2004)

Nicola Di Cosmo is Senior Lecturer in Chinese History at the University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand).

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