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Ethnic Identity in Tang China
"Ethnic Identity in Tang China" is the first work in any language to explore comprehensively the construction of ethnicity during the dynasty that reigned over China for roughly three centuries, from 618 to 907. Often viewed as one of the most cosmopolitan regimes in China's past, the Tang had roots in Inner Asia, and its rulers continued to have complex relationships with ...more
Hardcover, 258 pages
Published December 5th 2007 by University of Pennsylvania Press
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Is the contemporary Chinese pride in Tang China as a multiethnic, pluralistic, and open empire warranted? Did ethnicity matter in Tang dynasty? Was there even a self-awareness of ‘ethnicity’ at that time? In this monograph, Marc Abramson takes on an ambitious project to examine the emergence and development of the discourses on ethnicity from early Tang to late Tang China and argues that Tang dynasty was a key turning point in the emergence of a unified ethno-cultural China because of its signif ...more
Wonderful, if you have an interest in ethnic groups and China, and the troubled, ambiguous history of the foreign and foreigners in China. This book uses the word 'ambiguity' a lot, always a great sign, for me. If you're into the steppe, truly, this one's not to be missed. My copy is marked heavily and dotted with commentary like 'brilliant'. Particularly like the analysis of how the Chinese felt (ambiguously) about the type of the 'barbarian general'. The 'barbarian general' saved them again an ...more