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Author Chittick, Andrew, author
Title The Jiankang Empire in Chinese and world history / by Andrew Chittick
Imprint New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2020]
book jacket
 CLP Library  623 C543    DUE 09-14-24    30580003500621
 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  DS748.17 C543 2020    DUE 02-06-23    30530001364371
Descript xi, 411 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
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Series Oxford studies in early empires
Oxford studies in early empires
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Introduction: The invisible empire -- The discourse of ethnicity -- Agriculture and foodways -- Vernacular languages -- Marking territory : the militarization of the Huai frontier -- Making hierarchy : garrison, court, and the structure of Jiankang politics -- Managing prosperity : the political economy of a commercial empire -- The vernacular repertoire -- The Sinitic repertoire -- The Buddhist repertoire, Part 1 : the era of pluralist patronage -- The Buddhist repertoire, Part 2 : Jiankang as theater state -- Conclusion: Re-orienting East Asian and world history
"This work offers a sweeping re-assessment of the Jiankang Empire (3rd-6th centuries CE), known as the Chinese "Southern Dynasties." It shows how, although one of the medieval world's largest empires, Jiankang has been rendered politically invisible by the standard narrative of Chinese nationalist history, and proposes a new framework and terminology for writing about medieval East Asia. The book pays particular attention to the problem of ethnic identification, rejecting the idea of "ethnic Chinese," and delineating several other, more useful ethnographic categories, using case studies in agriculture/foodways and vernacular languages. The most important, the Wuren of the lower Yangzi region, were believed to be inherently different from the peoples of the Central Plains, and the rest of the book addresses the extent of their ethnogenesis in the medieval era. It assesses the political culture of the Jiankang Empire, emphasizing military strategy, institutional cultures, and political economy, showing how it differed from Central Plains-based empires, while having significant similarities to Southeast Asian regimes. It then explores how the Jiankang monarchs deployed three distinct repertoires of political legitimation (vernacular, Sinitic universalist, and Buddhist), arguing that the Sinitic repertoire was largely eclipsed in the sixth century, rendering the regime yet more similar to neighboring South Seas states. The conclusion points out how the research re-orients our understanding of acculturation and ethnic identification in medieval East Asia, generates new insights into the Tang-Song transition period, and offers new avenues of comparison with Southeast Asian and medieval European history"-- Provided by publisher
Subject Ethnicity -- China -- History -- To 1500
China -- History -- 220-589
Jiankang Fu (China) -- History
China -- Civilization -- 221 B.C.-960 A.D
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