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The great state of white and high : Buddhism and state formation in eleventh-century Xia

Author: Ruth W Dunnell
Publisher: Honolulu : University of Hawai'i Press, ©1996.
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In the late tenth and eleventh centuries, a group of people known in Western and Japanese scholarship as the Tangut established an independent regime in the Ordos (present-day Ningxia, Shaanxi, Gansu, and Inner Mongolia). It quickly grew into the Xia empire, a multiethnic, multilingual state whose ruling dynasty, a people ethnically and linguistically related to Tibetans, adapted elements of Chinese and Inner Asian
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Dunnell, Ruth W., 1950-
Great state of white and high.
Honolulu : University of Hawai'i Press, ©1996
(OCoLC)646946692
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ruth W Dunnell
ISBN: 0824817192 9780824817190
OCLC Number: 32924260
Description: xxv, 278 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Genealogy of Eleventh-Century Xia Dynastic Alliances --
Brief Chronology of the Main Events in Xia History --
1. Introduction --
2. Buddhism and Monarchy in the Early Tangut State --
3. Buddhism under the Regencies (1049-1099) --
4. A History of the Dayun (Huguo) Temple at Liangzhou --
5. Annotated Translation of the 1094 Stele Inscriptions --
6. Reading between the Lines: A Comparison and Analysis of the Tangut and Han Texts --
7. Conclusion --
App. A. Photoreproductions of Rubbings of the 1094 Gantong Stupa Stele Inscriptions --
App. B. Chronology of Sources Recording or Discussing the Inscriptions on the Gantong Stupa Stele --
A Select Glossary of Chinese Names and Terms.
Responsibility: Ruth W. Dunnell.

Abstract:

In the late tenth and eleventh centuries, a group of people known in Western and Japanese scholarship as the Tangut established an independent regime in the Ordos (present-day Ningxia, Shaanxi, Gansu, and Inner Mongolia). It quickly grew into the Xia empire, a multiethnic, multilingual state whose ruling dynasty, a people ethnically and linguistically related to Tibetans, adapted elements of Chinese and Inner Asian statecraft, culture, and religion.

Xia continued to grow in prominence, and its people became renowned throughout Asia as devout Buddhists. An imperial state was formally born in 1038 and chronicled its existence up to 1227, when it was finally crushed in Chinggis Khan's last campaign.

. The Great State of White and High is the first book-length treatment in English of Tangut Xia history. Exhibiting a mastery of languages, Ruth Dunnell has produced a pioneering, systematic study using primary and secondary sources in Tangut and Chinese to reconstruct early imperial Xia history from the inside.

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