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Central Asia and Non-Chinese Peoples of Ancient China

1st Edition

By Edwin G. Pulleyblank


324 pages

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The present set of studies by Professor Pulleyblank complements those gathered in Essays on Tang and pre-Tang China. The central concern here is the interaction between China and the non-Chinese peoples around it, in particular those of Central Asia. The volume opens with several articles contributing to the dating of events as far west of China as Afghanistan and India based on more accurately dated Chinese historical sources. Two studies deal with the prehistory of the Turks, while others are concerned with indigenous non-Chinese peoples that lived within the heartland of China during the formative years of Chinese civilization and the way in which they were absorbed into that civilization. The concluding series of papers, published between 1966 and 1999, addresses the controversial question of the coming of horsemen belonging to the Far Eastern Tocharian branch of Indo-European to Xinjiang (Eastern Turkestan) at the beginning of the second millennium BCE and their possible influence on the origins of the Chinese bronze age.


'If any one scholar can be regarded as the 'standard-bearer' of the post-war generation in this field (…), it is Edwin G. Pulleyblank. It is therefore with great respect that we welcome the re-publication of this collection of fourteen essays spanning from 1954 to 1999: an amazing forty-five years at the forefront of linguistic and historical research on the early contacts betwen China and Central Asia.' The International History Review

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; The date of the Staël-Holstein Roll; Some remarks on the Toquzoghuz problem; Chinese evidence for the date of Kaniska; The Chinese and their neighbors in prehistoric and early historic times; Ji Hu: indigenous inhabitants of Shaanbei and Western Shanxi; Zou and Lu and the sinification of Shandong; The "High Carts": a Turkish speaking people before the Türks; The name of the Kirghiz; Chinese and Indo-Europeans; The Wu-sun and Sakas and the Yüeh-Chih migration; Han China in Central Asia; Why Tocharians?; Early contacts between Indo-Europeans and Chinese; Central Asia at the dawn of history; Index.

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

For further information about contributing to the series please contact Michael Greenwood at Michael.Greenwood@informa.com

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Subject Categories

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HISTORY / General