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Women of the Conquest Dynasties: Gender and Identity in Liao and Jin China

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China's historical women warriors hailed from the northeast (Manchuria) during the Liao (907-1125) and Jin (1115-1234) dynasties. Celebrated in the Liao History, they were unprecedented. They rode horseback astride, were good at hunting and shooting, and took part in military battles. Several empresses--and one famous bandit chief--led armies against the enemy Song state. ...more
Hardcover, 254 pages
Published July 31st 2011 by University of Hawaii Press (first published June 30th 2011)
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Bryn Hammond
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
On the 'barbarian' dynasties Liao and Jin, created by northern tribal peoples, the Khitan and the Jurchen. More about Liao, for Jin quickly took on Chinese culture and values. Even in Jin, though, observers from Song China noted the barbarisation of society: women freely on the streets, while Song kept them at home. In emergency, Jin women remembered they were tribal and actively involved themselves in war.

Liao society kept northern values to the end. The sexes weren't segregated; girls rode, s
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Patricia
This book is a study of of how women of two northern border regions, the Liao (the Khitan, linguistically linked to the later Mongols) and the Jin (the Jurchen, the ancestors of the later Manchu), differed from their southern neighbors, the women of Han China, but also includes accounts of women of Chinese ancestry who lived in these regions (known as the Haner) and the Bohai (a tribe aligned with the Jurchen, founders of the Jin Dynasty). It includes such topics as sexuality, marriage practices ...more
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