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The An Shi Rebellion and Rejection of the Other in Tang China, 618-763

  • Author / Creator
    Chamney, Lee
  • Previous work on ethnicity in the Tang Dynasty (618-907) has cast the An Shi Rebellion (An Lushan Rebellion) as a kind of “breaking point” between the cosmopolitan, foreigner-friendly first half of the Tang Dynasty and the conservative, xenophobic second half. This paper analyzes the Rebellion from the opposite angle, as an event whose meaning was shaped by an increasingly xenophobic culture rather than the cause of the xenophobia. My research includes an updated, ethnic analysis of the Rebellion and close analysis of Tang cultural trends before and during the Rebellion, including religious policy, developing ideas of the foreigner in poetry and the emergence of ethnic violence. This project adds to the increasing literature on ethnicity in the Tang of the last ten years.

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  • Graduation date
    2012-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3W65W
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of History and Classics
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Jay, Jennifer (Department of History and Classics)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Jay, Jennifer (Department of History and Classics)
    • Dunch, Ryan (Department of East Asian Studies/Department of History and Classics)
    • Lin, Jenn-Shann (Department of East Asian Studies)