The An Shi Rebellion and Rejection of the Other in Tang China, 618-763
|Title||The An Shi Rebellion and Rejection of the Other in Tang China, 618-763|
|Year of Publication||2012|
|Corporate Authors||Jay, Jennifer|
|Academic Department||ProQuest Dissertations and Theses|
|Publisher||University of Alberta (Canada)|
|Keywords||0332:History, SOCIAL sciences|
Previous work on ethnicity in the Tang Dynasty (618-907) has cast the An Shi Rebellion (An Lushan Rebellion) as a kind of "breaking point" between the cosmopolitan, foreigner-friendly first half of the Tang Dynasty and the conservative, xenophobic second half. This paper analyzes the Rebellion from the opposite angle, as an event whose meaning was shaped by an increasingly xenophobic culture rather than the cause of the xenophobia. My research includes an updated, ethnic analysis of the Rebellion and close analysis of Tang cultural trends before and during the Rebellion, including religious policy, developing ideas of the foreigner in poetry and the emergence of ethnic violence. This project adds to the increasing literature on ethnicity in the Tang of the last ten years.