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By John E. Herman

In 1200, what's now southwest China--Guizhou, Yunnan, and the southern component to Sichuan used to be domestic to an collection of strikingly assorted cultures and governed via a mess of political entities. through 1750, China's army, political, sociocultural, and fiscal associations have been firmly in charge of the quarter, and plenty of of the area's cultures have been swiftly turning into extinct. One objective of this booklet is to check how China's 3 past due imperial dynasties--the Yuan, Ming, and Qing--conquered, colonized, and assumed keep an eye on of the southwest. one other aim is to focus on the indigenous reaction to China's colonization of the southwest, quite that of the Nasu Yi humans of western Guizhou and jap Yunnan, the one team to go away an intensive written list.

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34 The volatile nature of Tang-Nanzhao relations diminished as a con­ sequence of the resumption of relations in 794 . In the 820S, though, a quick succession of rulers in Nanzhao resulted in a change in Nanzhao foreign policy. The Nanzhao state promptly conquered the Pyu king­ dom in northern Burma and then began to make threatening moves against allies of the Tang in the Qianzhong circuit. 37 To further solidify this new buffer between itself and the expansion­ istic Nanzhao kingdom, the Tang government in 846 bestowed on the Nasu Yi patriarch of the Bole patriclan the hereditary title of king of the Luodian kingdom (Luodian guo wang).

20 A Southern Kingdom, Mu'ege In recent years a mounting body of archaeological evidence and a growing corpus of Yi historical texts have cast a critical light upon this traditional narrative. Many scholars today no longer consider the Yi to be descendants of the ancient Qiang. Instead, the Yi are now believed to be indigenous to the southwest. 2 A few historians have countered the Yi textual argument by pointing out that the Yi migrations out of northeast Yunnan came long after the Qiang migrated into the J insha River valley, but these revisionist interpretations have withered under mounting archaeological evidence.

For the Azhe patriclan, Song diplomacy proved less accommodating, though no less effective. 53 The Song emperor knew Pugui had not claimed Han descent, nor would he, and it was probably for this reason that the emperor's let­ ter appealed to Pugui's sense of dignity while also threatening his very existence: I rely on justice to attract loyalty from China's neighbors, whereas tribal peo­ ples [manbo] use force to gain followers. Only you [Pugui] in far-off Qian are willing to abide by our sense of justice.

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