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The Cambridge History of China

The Cambridge History of China

Volume 6. Alien Regimes and Border States, 907–1368

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Part of The Cambridge History of China

Herbert Franke, Denis Twitchett, Ruth Dunnell, Thomas Allsen, Morris Rossabi, Hsiao Ch'i-ch'ing, John Dardess, Elizabeth Endicott-West, Frederick W. Mote
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  • Date Published: November 1994
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521243315

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  • This volume deals with four non-Chinese regimes: the Khitan dynasty of Liao; the Tangut state of Hsi Hsia; the Jurchen empire of Chin; and the Mongolian Yuan dynasty that eventually engulfed the whole of China. It investigates the historical background from which these regimes emerged and shows how each in its own way set up viable institutions for the control of a multi-racial, multi-lingual, and multi-cultural population. It discusses these problems not just as a long negative episode in China's history, but shows the ingenuity and adaptability of these states, and their success in achieving political and social stability. The volume presents the fullest chronological account of the period, in which political, institutional, social, and economic changes are integrated as far as possible, and sees the period against a broad background of international relations in Northern and Central Asia.

    • Very accessible and suitable for the general reader
    • Contains many original maps
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...the studies presented in this volume have...raised questions which need to be further explored....the level of scholarship expressed in this volume is very high. It is to the credit of the editors and each contributor that we can now say that the stage is set for a new understanding of this period in Chinese history." Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies

    "This volume presents a more authoritative, more comprehensive, and far clearer picture of these regimes that occupied first nothern and western China, an eventually the entire country, than has previously been available....It is difficult to do full justice in reviewing a volume of such magnitude....This volume is indeed a rich banquet, but it is also one that needs to be digested slowly in order to sample fully its varied flavors. Its publication is an event worthy of celebration." The Historian

    "...a tremendous contribution....this volume is an outstanding encyclopedic study of a unique part of Chinese history, and it should prove useful as a resource not only to researchers and graduate students, but also to those who teach undergraduates....unquestionably an important accomplishment. It will lead readers to a better understanding of the role of the non-Han peoples in Chinese history and encourage all to meditate upon the revolutionary question: what is, in fact, Chinese history?" China Review International

    " important synthesis of aspects and periods of the history of China which have, until relatively recently, been somewhat neglected by scholars....Both editors and contributors deserve our congratulations and gratitude." D. O. Morgan, Reviews of Books

    " indispensable reference work." The International History Review

    "...a sound survey as well as an indispensable starting point for serious students or researchers." Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 1994
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521243315
    • length: 896 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 155 x 56 mm
    • weight: 1.32kg
    • contains: 11 b/w illus. 37 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    General editor's preface
    List of maps
    Preface to Volume 6
    List of abbreviations
    A-pao-chi's descent and the structure of the Yeh-lü clan
    Outline genealogy of Liao
    Liao emperors and their regnal titles
    Genealogy of the Hsia ruling house
    Hsia gegnal titles
    Genealogy of the early Jurchen rulers
    Genealogy of the Chin emperors
    Chin regnal titles
    Chart of Mongolian rulers
    Regnal titles of Mongolian rulers
    Capital cities
    1. The Liao
    2. The Hsi Hsia
    3. The Chin
    4. The rise of the Mongolian Empire
    5. The reign of Khubilai
    6. Mid-Yüan politics
    7. Shun-ti and the end of Yüan rule in China
    8. The Yüan government and society
    9. Chinese society under Mongol rule, 1215–1368
    Bibliographic notes

  • Editors

    Herbert Franke

    Denis C. Twitchett, Princeton University, New Jersey


    Herbert Franke, Denis Twitchett, Ruth Dunnell, Thomas Allsen, Morris Rossabi, Hsiao Ch'i-ch'ing, John Dardess, Elizabeth Endicott-West, Frederick W. Mote

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