Item ID: 9845 Qidan shi lun zheng gao 契丹史論證稿 [Draft with Discussions and Verifications of Khitan History]. Shu 陳述 CHEN.

Khitan History from a Pioneer in the Field

Qidan shi lun zheng gao 契丹史論證稿 [Draft with Discussions and Verifications of Khitan History].

178 pp. 8vo, orig. semi-stiff wrappers (a few leaves with short tears). Beijing: Guo li Beiping yan jiu yuan shi xue yan jiu suo 國立北平研究院史學研究所, 1948.

First edition of this work on the history of the Khitans, who founded the Liao empire in Inner Asia and northern China in the 10th century. Our book studies Khitan history from several points of view. It covers topics such as the origin of the Khitans among a northern cultural tradition centered on pastoral nomadism; the Khitan ethnonym; their foundational myth; the practice of electing the khan, with comparison to the custom among other neighboring peoples; policies underlying the founding of the Khitan state; systemic change and the place of Chinese people within the Liao state; as well as factional conflict at the end of the Liao period and the migration west following the rise of the Jurchens in the 12th century.

Chen Shu (1911-92) was one of the great experts of Liao history of his generation, serving in many institutions in China during his long career.

Very good copy.

Price: $250.00

Item ID: 9845

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