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Empires beyond the Great Wall : the heritage of Genghis Khan

Author: Adam Theodore Kessler; Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
Publisher: Los Angeles, Calif. : Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"From around 400 B.C. on, Chinese states began to erect defensive walls along portions of their northern border, and in the third century B.C., the Qin dynasty contructed a Great Wall, in large part by joining the older walls. The purpose of all of these barriers was to repel the invasions of the diverse and often powerful groups of tribes of the north Asian steppe. But the Great Wall is perhaps best understood as a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogs
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Kessler, Adam Theodore, 1958-
Empires beyond the Great Wall.
Los Angeles, Calif. : Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 1994
(OCoLC)623028550
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Adam Theodore Kessler; Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
ISBN: 0938644343 9780938644347 0938644335 9780938644330
OCLC Number: 31045266
Notes: Catalog published in conjunction with the exhibition held at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, March to August 1994 and others.
Description: 175 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm
Contents: Chapter 1. Origins --
Chapter 2. The Eastern Hu and the Xiongnu --
Chapter 3. The Xianbei and the Wuhuan --
Chapter 4. The Qidan and the Liao Dynasty --
Chapter 5. North China During the Pre-Mongol Era --
Chapter 6. The Mongol Era and the Yuan Dynasty.
Responsibility: by Adam T. Kessler ; contributors, Shao Qinglong [and others] ; translation by Bettine Birge ; photography by Marc Carter.

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This attractive volume, which celebrates the heritage of Genghis Khan, accompanied a tour of archaeological treasures from Inner Mongolia across North America between 1994 and 1995 which was  Read more...

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