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By Nicola Di Cosmo

ISBN-10: 0521543827

ISBN-13: 9780521543828

ISBN-10: 0521770645

ISBN-13: 9780521770644

family members among internal Asian nomads and chinese language are a continuing subject all through chinese language heritage. via investigating the formation of nomadic cultures, by means of reading the evolution of styles of interplay alongside China's frontiers, and via exploring how this interplay used to be recorded in historiography, this appears on the origins of the cultural and political tensions among those civilizations throughout the first millennium BC. the most objective of the e-book is to investigate ethnic, cultural, and political frontiers among nomads and chinese language within the old contexts that resulted in their formation, and to examine cultural perceptions of 'others' as a functionality of a similar ancient strategy. according to either archaeological and textual assets, this 2002 booklet additionally introduces a brand new methodological method of chinese language frontier heritage, which mixes wide actual facts with a cautious scrutiny of the factors, tools, and normal perception of historical past that expert the chinese language historian Ssu-ma Ch'ien.

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