Battlefronts Real and Imagined: War, Border, and Identity in by D. Wyatt

By D. Wyatt

This assortment examines the cultural and highbrow dimensions of struggle and its answer among Han chinese language and a few of the ethnically diverse peoples surrounding them throughout the the most important “middle interval” of chinese language background.

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After Feng Bao died, the Consort called together tribes all over Baiyue to be under her command. Her son Feng Pu was awarded the title Duke of Xindu because of her military merits. After Feng Pu died, the Consort led her grandsons to inspect all regions, thus, bringing peace to the entire Lingnan area. Later Li and Liao peoples rebelled, and the Consort brought with her an edict from the emperor and conveyed the emperor’s words to people. Wherever she went, people surrendered. She lived from the beginning years of the Datong reign of the Liang dynasty to the Renshou years of the Sui dynasty.

Rong’s son Bao became the grand protector of Gaoliang. The Xians of Gaoliang had been the barbaric chieftains for generations and commanded over a hundred thousand families. They had a daughter who was very strategic and good at military deployment. 45 Comparing this introduction to that in the Suishu, we can see a clear bias toward the Xians in terms of gender and ethnicity. Not only is Consort Xian framed more as a woman (daughter-in-law) of the Fengs than as a daughter of the Xians, but also the two families’ social statuses are presented in very different spirits.

Not until then could the Sui claim control of this area. Marveling at what Consort Xian had accomplished, Emperor Gaozu lavished on the Fengs official titles and positions: he raised Feng Ang’s rank to regional inspector of Gaozhou (Gaozhou cishi), pardoned Feng Xuan and promoted him to regional inspector of Luozhou (Luozhou cishi), bestowed upon Feng Bao the posthumous title of “Area Commander-in-chief of Guang[1]zhou” (Guangzhou zongguan) and “Duke of the State of Qiao” (Qiao guo gong), conferred upon Consort Xian the title “Consort of State Qiao,” and transferred the enfeoffment of the district of Songkang (Songkang yi) from the Consort to Ms.

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