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By Nicola Di Cosmo

ISBN-10: 0521543827

ISBN-13: 9780521543828

ISBN-10: 0521770645

ISBN-13: 9780521770644

kin among internal Asian nomads and chinese language are a continuing topic all through chinese language background. via investigating the formation of nomadic cultures, by way of studying the evolution of styles of interplay alongside China's frontiers, and by means of exploring how this interplay used to be recorded in historiography, this seems on the origins of the cultural and political tensions among those civilizations during the first millennium BC. the most function of the e-book is to investigate ethnic, cultural, and political frontiers among nomads and chinese language within the ancient contexts that resulted in their formation, and to examine cultural perceptions of 'others' as a functionality of an identical old technique. in response to either archaeological and textual assets, this 2002 booklet additionally introduces a brand new methodological method of chinese language frontier historical past, which mixes huge real info with a cautious scrutiny of the causes, equipment, and normal perception of historical past that knowledgeable the chinese language historian Ssu-ma Ch'ien.

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