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By John E. Herman

In 1200, what's now southwest China--Guizhou, Yunnan, and the southern part of Sichuan used to be domestic to an collection of strikingly diversified cultures and governed through a large number of political entities. by means of 1750, China's army, political, sociocultural, and monetary associations have been firmly in charge of the quarter, and plenty of of the area's cultures have been swiftly changing into extinct. One objective of this ebook is to ascertain how China's 3 overdue imperial dynasties--the Yuan, Ming, and Qing--conquered, colonized, and assumed regulate of the southwest. one other aim is to spotlight the indigenous reaction to China's colonization of the southwest, rather that of the Nasu Yi humans of western Guizhou and japanese Yunnan, the one crew to depart an in depth written checklist.

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The Bole leadership could command the other branches of the Bu patriclan to follow its lead in political and mili­ tary matters, and it could utilize its economic wealth and control of vitally important horse markets to demand acquiescence to its policies. The origins of the Mo who settled in Shuixi begin with Dumu's sixth son, Mujiji. Mujiji's direct descendants continued to reside in the A Southern Kingdom, Mu'ege Dongchuan area of northeast Yunnan for several generations before ac­ quiring the surname Mo.

24 The Tibetan-Nanzhao alliance endured for forty years, until Nanzhao leaders finally balked at the exorbitant Tibetan demands for Nanzhao assistance in fighting the Tang. As a result, in 794 Nanzhao severed its relations with Tibet and opened negotiations with Tang China. While Tang China, Tibet, and Nanzhao warily eyed one another, the Azhe patrilineal clan continued to expand the geopolitical size of the Mu'ege kingdom. In the middle of the eighth century, just as rela­ tions between China and Nanzhao were beginning to deteriorate, the Azhe leaders relocated their political center to Shiren Mountain, near present-day Guiyang.

The Shuixi region, due to its rugged terrain and inhospitable climate, has a reputation, at least in Guizhou, as a remote, backward region where drought, famine, and poverty are common. J , , , The Origins of the Mu'ege Kingdom i • 1 Recent Yi scholarship has determined that during the first and second centuries CE, the Heng, Bu, and Mo patriclans traveled east from the Luyang Mountains toward the Wumeng Mountains. The Heng quickly divided into two branches, with the first branch, identified as the 1 i , , 1 I 1 !

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