Ancient China and its Enemies: The Rise of Nomadic Power in by Nicola Di Cosmo

By Nicola Di Cosmo

kin among internal Asian nomads and chinese language are a continuing subject matter all through chinese language heritage. by way of investigating the formation of nomadic cultures, by means of studying the evolution of styles of interplay alongside China's frontiers, and through exploring how this interplay was once recorded in historiography, this seems to be on the origins of the cultural and political tensions among those civilizations during the first millennium BC. the most function of the publication is to research ethnic, cultural, and political frontiers among nomads and chinese language within the old contexts that resulted in their formation, and to examine cultural perceptions of 'others' as a functionality of an identical old procedure. in accordance with either archaeological and textual assets, this 2002 e-book additionally introduces a brand new methodological method of chinese language frontier heritage, which mixes large real information with a cautious scrutiny of the explanations, equipment, and basic notion of background that expert the chinese language historian Ssu-ma Ch'ien.

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