Welcome Guest [Log In] [Register]
Add Reply
Ancient Huanghe valley Han and proto-Han in the context of contacts to North Asian and other non-Han populations
Topic Started: Jan 12 2018, 07:48:32 PM (15 Views)
black man
The Right Hand
[ *  *  * ]
Just judging from geographical boundaries and what one can read general descriptions in the English-language internet, I'd guess...

- Shaanxi was to some degree protected from North Asian invaders by the Huanghe slope. Plus, alliances with Qiangic peoples like the Tanguts could have limited North Asian influences there.

- Shanxi is cold and arid and was, thus, maybe less attractive to peoples from other parts of ancient China. Also, it was not protected by the Huanghe. So North Asian influence is likely to be strong in Shanxi.

- like Shanxi, Hebei is not protected by the Huanghe. However, it belongs to the the 華北平原 Huabei pingyuan and is, thus, potentially exposed to coastal migration from the south by nature. Accordingly, Hebei Han can be expected to have significant amounts of admixtures from both the region to its north and the region to its south.

So far, I didn't have the time to check any relevant literature on the potential and real ethno-historical meanings of the Taihangshan and other mountain ranges. But very generally speaking, the next step should IMO be distinguishing between micro-regions...

- where people could produce agricultural products (food etc)
- where people tended to build complex infrastructure and trade (certain parts of riverine valleys etc)
- where people could withdraw after having been attacked (maybe mountainous regions in particular)
- which were peripheral

and macro-regions...

- where people could produce agricultural products for Han and/or non-Han elites
- where people tended to build complex infrastructure and trade for Han and/or non-Han elites
- where people could withdraw after having been attacked by Han and/or non-Han armies
- which were peripheral
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
1 user reading this topic (1 Guest and 0 Anonymous)
« Previous Topic · Ethnic Origins and Social Structures of Sinitic-Language Communities · Next Topic »
Add Reply