Home» Events»

The Great Wall from a Nomadic Perspective: Politics and Trade in the Formation of Borderland Elites

SEP . 20 2020
Time: Sept. 20 8:00 pm (Sept. 20 8:00 am EST)

Nicola Di Cosmo
Luce Foundation Professor in East Asian Studies, Institute for Advanced Study

Live link (Via Tencent Meeting)

The Great Wall of China changed its function over time. Its initial formation is linked to the evolution of political relations during the late Warring States Period. The zone of the walls built by the states of Qin, Zhao and Yan became an important borderland region in which trade and politics transformed local societies. In this lecture I will attempt to illustrate such transformation, with special emphasis on nomadic elites.

Speaker Introduction

Nicola Di Cosmo received his Ph.D. from the Department of Uralic and Altaic Studies (now Central Eurasian Studies) at Indiana University in 1991, and held research and teaching positions at the University of Cambridge, Harvard University, and the University of Canterbury (New Zealand) before joining the Institute for Advanced Study in 2003. His main field of research is the history of the relations between China and Inner Asia from prehistory to the modern period. Within that broad area he has published on the early history of China's relations with steppe nomads (e.g., Ancient China and Its Enemies: The Rise of Nomadic Powers in East Asian History, 2002) and on Mongol and Manchu history (e.g., Manchu-Mongol Relations on the Eve of the Qing Conquest, 2003), and he has edited several books, including Military Culture in Imperial China (2009) and The Cambridge History of Inner Asia (2009). His most recent works explore the use of proxy data from climatology and other palaeosciences in the study of the history of China and Central Asia, with special reference to early Eurasian nomads, the Mongol empire, and the Qing dynasty.

Source: PKU Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences