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By Nicola Di Cosmo

ISBN-10: 0521543827

ISBN-13: 9780521543828

ISBN-10: 0521770645

ISBN-13: 9780521770644

kinfolk among internal Asian nomads and chinese language are a continuing subject all through chinese language historical past. by way of investigating the formation of nomadic cultures, by way of examining the evolution of styles of interplay alongside China's frontiers, and via exploring how this interplay was once recorded in historiography, this appears to be like on the origins of the cultural and political tensions among those civilizations during the first millennium BC. the most objective of the booklet is to investigate ethnic, cultural, and political frontiers among nomads and chinese language within the old contexts that ended in their formation, and to examine cultural perceptions of 'others' as a functionality of an identical historic method. in keeping with either archaeological and textual assets, this 2002 publication additionally introduces a brand new methodological method of chinese language frontier historical past, which mixes wide authentic information with a cautious scrutiny of the reasons, equipment, and common belief of historical past that educated the chinese language historian Ssu-ma Ch'ien.

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