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    The Great State of White and High: Buddhism and State Formation in Eleventh-century Xia (Hardback) By (author) Ruth W. Dunnell

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    DescriptionIn the late tenth and eleventh centuries, a group of people known in Western and Japanese scholarship as the Tangut established an independent regime in the Ordos (present-day Ningxia, Shaanxi, Gansu, and Inner Mongolia). It quickly grew into the Xia empire, a multiethnic, multilingual state whose ruling dynasty, a people ethnically and linguistically related to Tibetans, adapted elements of Chinese and Inner Asian statecraft, culture, and religion. Xia continued to grow in prominence, and its people became renowned throughout Asia as devout Buddhists. An imperial state was formally born in 1038 and chronicled its existence up to 1227, when it was finally crushed in Chinggis Khan's last campaign.The Great State of White and High is the first book-length treatment in English of Tangut Xia history. Exhibiting a mastery of languages, Ruth Dunnell has produced a pioneering, systematic study using primary and secondary sources in Tangut and Chinese to reconstruct early imperial Xia history from the inside.


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    Title
    The Great State of White and High
    Subtitle
    Buddhism and State Formation in Eleventh-century Xia
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ruth W. Dunnell
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 171 mm
    Height: 241 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 660 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780824817190
    ISBN 10: 0824817192
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: REL
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FPC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.6
    BIC subject category V2: HBJF, HRA, JP
    Libri: I-HP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15590
    BIC subject category V2: HRE
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET022
    Ingram Theme: ETHN/ASIAN
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS000000, POL000000
    BIC subject category V2: 1FPC
    DC21: 951.024
    DC22: 322.1095175
    LC subject heading: , ,
    Edition statement
    New.
    Illustrations note
    illustrations
    Publisher
    University of Hawai'i Press
    Imprint name
    University of Hawai'i Press
    Publication date
    31 December 1996
    Publication City/Country
    Honolulu, HI
    Back cover copy
    In the late tenth and eleventh centuries, a group of people known in Western and Japanese scholarship as the Tangut established an independent regime in the Ordos (present-day Ningxia, Shaanxi, Gansu, and Inner Mongolia). It quickly grew into the Xia empire, a multiethnic, multilingual state whose ruling dynasty, a people ethnically and linguistically related to Tibetans, adapted elements of Chinese and Inner Asian statecraft, culture, and religion. Xia continued to grow in prominence, and its people became renowned throughout Asia as devout Buddhists. An imperial state was formally born in 1038 and chronicled its existence up to 1227, when it was finally crushed in Chinggis Khan's last campaign. The Great State of White and High is the first book-length treatment in English of Tangut Xia history. Exhibiting a mastery of languages, Ruth Dunnell has produced a pioneering, systematic study using primary and secondary sources in Tangut and Chinese to reconstruct early imperial Xia history from the inside.