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Ancient China and its enemies : the rise of nomadic power in East Asian history

Author: Nicola Di Cosmo
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge Univ. Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : ReprintView all editions and formats
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A comprehensive 2002 history of the northern frontier of China in the first millennium B.C., this work explores the tensions existing between the sedentary Chinese and the northern nomads. It was the  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nicola Di Cosmo
ISBN: 9780521543828 0521543827 9780521770644 0521770645
OCLC Number: 633771733
Description: IX, 369 Seiten : Karten
Contents: Introduction; Part I: 1. The Steppe Highway: the rise of pastoral nomadism as a Eurasian phenomenon; 2. Bronze, iron and gold: the evolution of nomadic cultures on the northern frontier of China; Part II: 3. Beasts and birds: the historical context of early Chinese perceptions of northern peoples; 4. Walls and horses: the beginning of historical contacts between horse-riding Nomads and Chinese states; Part III: 5. Those who draw the bow: the rise of the Hsiung-nu Nomadic Empire and the political unification of the Nomads; 6. From peace to war: China's shift from appeasement to military engagement; Part IV: 7. In search of grass and water: ethnography and history of the North in the Historian's Records; 8. Taming the North: the rationalization of the nomads in Ssu-ma Ch'ien's historical thought; Conclusion.
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