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Multicultural China in the early Middle Ages, Sanping Chen

Label
Multicultural China in the early Middle Ages
Title
Multicultural China in the early Middle Ages
Statement of responsibility
Sanping Chen
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In contrast to the economic and cultural dominance by the south and the east coast over the past several centuries, influence in China in the early Middle Ages was centered in the north and featured a significantly multicultural society. Many events that were profoundly formative for the future of East Asian civilization occurred during this period, although much of this multiculturalism has long been obscured due to the Confucian monopoly of written records. Multicultural China in the Early Middle Ages endeavors to expose a number of long-hidden non-Sinitic characteristics and manifestations of heritage, some lasting to this very day. Sanping Chen investigates several foundational aspects of Chinese culture during this period, including the legendary unicorn and the fabled heroine Mulan, to determine the origin and development of the lore. His meticulous research yields surprising results. For instance, he finds that the character Mulan is not of Chinese origin and that Central Asian influences are to be found in language, religion, governance, and other fundamental characteristics of Chinese culture. As Victor Mair writes in the Foreword, "While not everyone will acquiesce in the entirety of Dr. Chen's findings, no reputable scholar can afford to ignore them with impunity." These "foreign"--Origin elements were largely the legacy of the Tuoba, whose descendants in fact dominated China's political and cultural stage for nearly a millennium. Long before the Mongols, the Tuoba set a precedent for "using the civilized to rule the civilized" by attracting a large number of sedentary Central Asians to East Asia. This not only added a strong pre-Islamic Iranian layer to the contemporary Sinitic culture but also commenced China's golden age under the cosmopolitan Tang dynasty, whose nominally "Chinese" ruling house is revealed by Chen to be the biological and cultural heir of the Tuoba
Member of
Cataloging source
CDX
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Chen, Sanping
Index
index present
Language note
In English
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Encounters with Asia
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Ethnicity
  • China
  • China
  • HISTORY
  • Ethnic relations
  • Ethnicity
  • China
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Culture and History of non-European Territories
  • Ethnic relations
  • Ethnicity
  • Geschichte Asiens
  • History
Label
Multicultural China in the early Middle Ages, Sanping Chen
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-265) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Chapter 4. The Huns and the Bulgars: The Chinese Chapter
  • Chapter 5. The Mystery of the "White-Drake" Oracle: The Iranian Shadows
  • Chapter 6. Son of Heaven and Son of God
  • Chapter 7. Bai Juyi and Central Asia
  • Appendix. Turkic or Proto-Mongolian? A Note on the Tuoba Language
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Acknowledgments
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • Foreword: Old Wine in New Bottles
  • Mair, Victor H.
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1. The Legacy of the Tuoba Xianbei: The Tang Dynasty
  • Chapter 2. From Mulan to Unicorn
  • Chapter 3. Brotherly Matters and the Canine Image: The Invasion of "Barbarian" Tongues
Control code
ocn822017897
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
1st ed
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 279 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780812206289
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.9783/9780812206289
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 421058
  • 22573/ctt35c70j
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)822017897
Label
Multicultural China in the early Middle Ages, Sanping Chen
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-265) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Chapter 4. The Huns and the Bulgars: The Chinese Chapter
  • Chapter 5. The Mystery of the "White-Drake" Oracle: The Iranian Shadows
  • Chapter 6. Son of Heaven and Son of God
  • Chapter 7. Bai Juyi and Central Asia
  • Appendix. Turkic or Proto-Mongolian? A Note on the Tuoba Language
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Acknowledgments
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • Foreword: Old Wine in New Bottles
  • Mair, Victor H.
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1. The Legacy of the Tuoba Xianbei: The Tang Dynasty
  • Chapter 2. From Mulan to Unicorn
  • Chapter 3. Brotherly Matters and the Canine Image: The Invasion of "Barbarian" Tongues
Control code
ocn822017897
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
1st ed
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 279 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780812206289
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.9783/9780812206289
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 421058
  • 22573/ctt35c70j
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)822017897

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