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Women of the Conquest Dynasties: Gender and Identity in Liao and Jin China By Linda Cooke Johnson,

  • Title: Women of the Conquest Dynasties: Gender and Identity in Liao and Jin China
  • Author: Linda Cooke Johnson
  • ISBN: 9780824834043
  • Page: 118
  • Format: Hardcover
  • China s historical women warriors hailed from the northeast Manchuria during the Liao 907 1125 and Jin 1115 1234 dynasties Celebrated in the Liao History, they were unprecedented They rode horseback astride, were good at hunting and shooting, and took part in military battles Several empresses and one famous bandit chief led armies against the enemy Song state.China s historical women warriors hailed from the northeast Manchuria during the Liao 907 1125 and Jin 1115 1234 dynasties Celebrated in the Liao History, they were unprecedented They rode horseback astride, were good at hunting and shooting, and took part in military battles Several empresses and one famous bandit chief led armies against the enemy Song state Women of the Conquest Dynasties represents a groundbreaking effort to survey the customs and lives of these women from the Kitan and Jurchen tribes who maintained their native traditions of horsemanship, militancy, and sexual independence while excelling in writing poetry and prose and earning praise for their Buddhist piety and Confucian ethics Although much work has been devoted in the last few years to Chinese women of various periods, this is the first volume to incorporate recent archaeological discoveries and information drawn from Liao and Jin paintings as well as literary sources and standard historical accounts.Conquest women combined agency and assertiveness drawn from steppe traditions with selected aspects of Chinese culture such as ethics and literacy Empress Chengtian led Liao armies to victory against the Song, successfully ran the state for thirty years during her son s reign, and enjoyed a lengthy and public liaison with her prime minister Empress Yingtian, the wife of the Liao founder and his assistant in military affairs, famously refused to comply with the steppe custom of following one s husband in death instead she cut off her right hand and placed it in the late emperor s coffin as a promise to join him later These confident and talented women were rarely submissive in matters of sexuality and spouse selection, but they were subject to the restrictions of marriage and the levirate if widowed.The women of the northeast stand in vivid contrast to their counterparts in the south, where female identity was molded by a millennia of Confucian ethics and women were increasingly sequestered in the home and constrained by concepts of virtue Women of the Conquest Dynasties provides new insights into the history of steppe patterns of feminine behavior and will reveal new areas of comparative study.
    Women of the Conquest Dynasties Gender and Identity in Liao and Jin China China s historical women warriors hailed from the northeast Manchuria during the Liao and Jin dynasties Celebrated in the Liao History they were unprecedented They rode horseback a

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    1. On the barbarian dynasties Liao and Jin, created by northern tribal peoples, the Khitan and the Jurchen More about Liao, for Jin quickly took on Chinese culture and values Even in Jin, though, observers from Song China noted the barbarisation of society women freely on the streets, while Song kept them at home In emergency, Jin women remembered they were tribal and actively involved themselves in war Liao society kept northern values to the end The sexes weren t segregated girls rode, shot and s [...]

    2. This book is a study of of how women of two northern border regions, the Liao the Khitan, linguistically linked to the later Mongols and the Jin the Jurchen, the ancestors of the later Manchu , differed from their southern neighbors, the women of Han China, but also includes accounts of women of Chinese ancestry who lived in these regions known as the Haner and the Bohai a tribe aligned with the Jurchen, founders of the Jin Dynasty It includes such topics as sexuality, marriage practices, widowh [...]

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