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Emperor and AncestorState and Lineage in South China$
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David Faure

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780804753180

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804753180.001.0001

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Exotic Guangzhou

Exotic Guangzhou

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(p.17) Chapter Two Exotic Guangzhou
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Emperor and Ancestor
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804753180.003.0002

Since the Qin dynasty, the city of Guangzhou had been a part of the civilized world of China. During the Tang dynasty, Arab traders coming along the sea route across the Indian Ocean and the China Sea made Guangzhou a port of call. Guangzhou demonstrated a government presence with strong ties to the imperial tradition in the north, but outside it was a no-man's land dominated by local powers that few in the city understood or wanted to understand. This chapter describes the history and geography of Guangzhou, focusing on the fall of the Nan Han kingdom to an invading Song army in 971, which put the city under the rule of the Song dynasty.

Keywords:   Qin dynasty, history of Guangzhou, geography of Guangzhou, China, Tang dynasty, Song dynasty, Nan Han kingdom

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