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eBook ¼ Ancient China and its Enemies Read ï johnscyclingdiary ↠ [Download] ➾ Ancient China and its Enemies: The Rise of Nomadic Power in East Asian History ➹ Nicola Di Cosmo – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk This comprehensive history of the northern frontier of China through the first millennInese and the northern nomads Nicola Di Cosmo explores the tensions existing between these two worlds as they became progressively polarized with the eventual creation of the Cosmo's book is recommended to anybody interested in the subject but it must be read in context As the author himself admits freuently a lot of information on what Cosmo refers to as Inner Asia takes the form of theories These theories sometimes lacking large amounts of textual and archaeological backing are not always perfect or fully developed As archaeological work is done many may become obsolete with time Nonetheless this is an interesting and insightful book to read Cosmo's own theories challenge some of the conventional ones The book in this sense is somewhat enlightening at least provided that the reader recognizes that new findings may further change the way we look at the frontier to the North of China

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This comprehensive history of the northern frontier of China through the first millennium BC details the formation of two increasingly distinct cultural areas the sedentary Ch In this monograph Di Cosmo successfully incorporates archaeological sources into the historical studies of ancient China a methodology that takes the historical studies out of the tradition of mere textual analysis by thoroughly examining available material sources to establish plausible contexts in which a set of historical texts can be meaningful read and vice versa The outcome of this innovative combination of material history with traditional historical endeavor is the deconstruction of our concept of a stable Northern frontier in early China and a Chinese centric concept of a clear boundary between the moral Chinese in the center and the nomadic barbarians in the periphery Another innovative feature of the book is its organization Instead of giving a master narrative of one frontier by organizing his writings into four different but interconnected themes Di Cosmo tries to alert us that there were multiple frontiers whose formations and evolutions were sufficiently complex processes that merit independent study Each theme tries to understand the ‘frontier’ from a different perspective eg the material culture of the frontier the political frontier the frontier of treaties and tributes and the frontier of the Grand Historian—a knowledge frontier Chapter 1 and 2 are purely historical studies of material cultures of Eurasian Steppe and the frontier of northern China By close scrutiny of various archaeological excavations Di Cosmo reveals to us picture of great diversity unevenness and complexity in the cultures emerged in these regions from 5th 4th millennium BC till mid 4th 3rd century BC Northern communities typically practice mixed economies of agriculture and pastoralism since the late Bronze Age and were shown to engage in freuent contacts with Shang and Zhou ‘Chinese’ In fact the diversities among the northern barbarians themselves were probably pronounced then the difference between the Chinese and the barbarians at that time Neither was it possible to find a stable frontier until the formation of the Xiongnu empire in 209 BC More importantly the rise of nomadism was by no means a linear development and the concept of a pure nomadic culture before the Warring States era was not a useful one in describing northern peoples However based on the abundance of weapons ritual usages of horses and animal style handicrafts found in burial grounds dated from 7th or 6th BC one can detect a rise of the military aristocracies in tribal unions Archaeological findings in 5th – 4th century BC like gold and silver precious objects discloses the increasing commercial roles of this class of aristocracy and the increased trading with Zhou peopleChapter 3 and 4 are combinatory studies of textual and material evidence to grasp the Chinese perceptions of the northern frontiers Here we find the pronounced dichotomous rhetoric of a community bound by high moral values of and one without such moral concerns a rhetoric in response to a new kind of relations with the northern peoples characterized by freuent warfare and shifting diplomatic strategies during Shang and Western Zhou era p125 Starting from the Eastern Zhou period we find regular and formalized political relations that aimed at incorporating non Zhou people This process of expansion and cultural assimilation while successfully absorbed farmers shepherds and mountaineers in the northern borders also brought northern Chinese st

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Ancient China and its Enemies The Rise of Nomadic Power in East Asian HistoryNomadic 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 neighbor An intense and in depth look at the Xiongnu of ancient China focusing on the Ch'in and Han Dynasties A bit long winded but important reading for those seeking a stronger understanding of the steppe tribe that caused the first Emperor Ch'in Shih Huangdi's reaction to their rise the building of the Great Wall of China the Emperor Wudi's desire to find allies that resulted in his sending of Zhang ian to Ferghana and Sima ian's elouent coverage of their appearance in Chinese history