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By Nicola Di Cosmo

family among internal Asian nomads and chinese language are a continuing subject all through chinese language historical past. via investigating the formation of nomadic cultures, through examining the evolution of styles of interplay alongside China's frontiers, and through exploring how this interplay was once recorded in historiography, this seems to be on the origins of the cultural and political tensions among those civilizations throughout the first millennium BC. the most goal of the publication is to research 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 technique. in response to either archaeological and textual assets, this 2002 publication additionally introduces a brand new methodological method of chinese language frontier historical past, which mixes large genuine information with a cautious scrutiny of the factors, tools, and normal perception of background that trained the chinese language historian Ssu-ma Ch'ien.

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