The Cambridge History of China: Volume 6, Alien Regimes and Border States, 907-1368

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Denis C. Twitchett, John King Fairbank, Herbert Franke, Michael Loewe
Cambridge University Press, 1978 - History - 896 pages
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.
 

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An excellent account of the conquest dynasties of the 10th to 14th centuries; Liao, Xi Xia, Jin, and Yuan. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The frontier
7
Vassals and overlords
14
Modes of government
21
Multilinguality
30
The Han Chinese under alien domination
36
The predynastic Khitan
44
The background of Apaochis rise to power
53
the reign of Möngke 12511259
390
The empire on the eve of civil war
411
Khubilai and China 12531259
418
Foreign expansion
429
Social and economic policies
445
Khubilai as emperor of China
454
Khubilai and Chinese culture
465
Preservation of the Mongolian heritage
471

Apaochi becomes the new khaghan and ascends
60
The succession crisis and the reign of Taitsung
68
The succession of Shihtsung
75
The reign of Mutsung 951969
81
The Hsi Hsia
154
The Chin dynasty
215
ChinSung relations before
226
The political history of Chin after 1142
235
The annihilation of Chin 12151234 IS
259
The rise of the Mongolian empire and Mongolian rule
321
Chinggis khan and the early Mongolian state 12061227
342
the reigns of Ögödei
365
The regime of Sangha and economic and religious abuses
478
Khubilais last years
488
Shunti and the end of Yuan rule in China
561
The disintegration of the Yüan
581
The Yuan government and society
587
Society
608
Chinese society under Mongol rule 12151368
616
Socialpsychological factors
622
Bibliographical essays
665
Bibliography
727
GlossaryIndex
777
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