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The perilous frontier : nomadic empires and China

Author: Thomas J Barfield
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. ; Oxford : Blackwell, 1989
Series: Studies in social discontinuity.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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As is an anthropologist, Barfield succeeds in testing abstract models of society against the detailed historical recordThe author has an accessible, narrative style. .

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas J Barfield
ISBN: 1557863245 9781557863249
OCLC Number: 26765028
Description: xiii, 325 pages : genealogical tables, maps ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction: The steppe nomadic world --
The steppe tribes united; the Hsiung-nu Empire --
The collapse of the central order: the rise of foreign dynasties --
The Turkish Empires and T'ang China --
The Manchurian candidates --
The Mongol Empire --
Steppe wolves and forest tigers: the Ming, Mongols, and Manchus --
The last of the nomad empires: the Ch'ing incorporation of Mongolia and Zungharia --
Epilogue: On the decline of the Mongols.
Series Title: Studies in social discontinuity.
Responsibility: Thomas J. Barfield.

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"An excellent piece of work ... Barfield writes clearly, with a gratifyingly total absence of social scientific jargon ... his case is put with impressive cogency." Journal of the Royal Asiatic Read more...

 
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