Ancient China and Its Enemies The Rise of Nomadic Power in East Asian History

ISBN-10: 0521543827
ISBN-13: 9780521543828
Edition: 2004
Authors: Nicola Di Cosmo
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Book details

List price: $57.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/22/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 380
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.452

This comprehensive history of the northern frontier of China through the first millennium B.C. details the formation of two increasingly distinct cultural areas: the sedentary Chinese and the northern nomads. Nicola Di Cosmo explores the tensions existing between these two worlds as they became progressively more polarized, with the eventual creation of the nomadic Hsiung-nu empire in the north, and of the Chinese empire in the south. Di Cosmo investigates the origins of the antagonism between early China and its "barbarian" neighbors.

Nicola Di Cosmo is Luce Foundation Professor of East Asian Studies, Institute for Advanced Studies.

Introduction
The Steppe Highway: the rise of pastoral nomadism as a Eurasian phenomenon
Bronze, iron and gold: the evolution of nomadic cultures on the northern frontier of China
Beasts and birds: the historical context of early Chinese perceptions of northern peoples
Walls and horses: the beginning of historical contacts between horse-riding Nomads and Chinese states
Those who draw the bow: the rise of the Hsiung-nu Nomadic Empire and the political unification of the Nomads
From peace to war: China's shift from appeasement to military engagement
In search of grass and water: ethnography and history of the North in the Historian's Records
Taming the North: the rationalization of the nomads in Ssu-ma Ch'ien's historical thought
Conclusion

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