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This entire historical past of the northern frontier of China during the first millennium B.C. information the formation of 2 more and more targeted cultural components: the sedentary chinese language and the northern nomads. Nicola Di Cosmo explores the tensions present among those worlds as they turned a growing number of polarized, with the eventual construction of the nomadic Hsiung-nu empire within the north, and of the chinese language empire within the south. Di Cosmo investigates the origins of the antagonism among early China and its "barbarian" acquaintances.

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163–82. A. P. Derevyanko and D. Dorj, “Neolithic Tribes in Northern Parts of Central Asia,” in History of Civilizations of Central Asia, 1: 185. M. A. Littauer and J. H. Crouwel, Wheeled Vehicles and Ridden Animals in the Ancient Near East (Leiden: Brill, 1979), pp. 45–47, 65–68. ; see A. D. H. s. 1, 1 (1955): 61–65. , Medieval Technology and Social Change (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1962), pp. 14–28. Khazanov, Nomads and the Outside World, p. 93. c. 34 What does seem clear is that most improvements in the training and domestication of the horse were achieved by a people who were already familiar with animal breeding and who had been specializing in this economic activity, although they still practiced farming.

Jeannine Davis-Kimball et al. (Berkeley: Zinat Press, 1995), p. 243. 34 T H E S T E P P E H I G H WAY currents responsible for the genesis of the material culture of the steppe nomads, especially in metallurgy, and for the development of the nomads’ artistic taste. 66 Although a logical assumption, given that a number of essential innovations (horseback riding, wheeled vehicles, metallurgy) entered Central Asia from the western and southwestern ends of the steppe, several decades of archaeological work, mainly by Soviet archaeologists after World War II, have made it increasingly clearer that at some point the process may have been led by the eastern steppe regions, including South Siberia, Tuva, the Sayano-Altai region, and western Mongolia.

C. c. c. ), and, finally, by the Shibinsk (Shibe) period (second 65 66 67 68 69 Karl Jettmar, Art of the Steppes (New York: Crown Publishers, 1967), p. 215. Supported by linguistic evidence, Heine-Geldern has argued in favor of the thesis of an Indo-European migration that took place from the Pontic region to eastern Asia during the ninth and eighth centuries; see R. Heine-Geldern, “Das Tocharenproblem und die Pontische Wanderung,” Saeculum 2 (1951): 225. Esther Jacobson, The Art of the Scythians (Leiden: Brill, 1995), pp.

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