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Two Princes against the Throne

Posted March 26th, 2015 at 12:44 PM by f0ma

Engrossed in a new book, I've been studying more about the early Southern Dynasties. Although I'm familiar with the Liang from a literary perspective, outside of David Graff's work my grounding in the Song and Qi dynasties isn't particularly solid.

After Liu Jun of Song came to power as Emperor Xiaowu in 454, two of his younger brothers both attempted rebellions, albeit with an interim period of six years.

In 454, the sixteen year old Liu Hun, Prince of Wuchang, was...
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Thoughts on early medieval poetry #1: Tang, Tang and Taoism

Posted December 7th, 2013 at 03:51 PM by f0ma
Updated December 7th, 2013 at 03:59 PM by f0ma

I thought about posting this as a thread, but then I thought that no one would probably even know was I was on about, so my blog seemed like a more apropos choice. I'd like to discuss the poet Cao Tang (Ts'ao T'ang as I've seen it rendered; I presume the pinyin would be Cao Tang). The subject of a study by Edward Shafer, I'd never actually heard of him before; likewise I found it difficult to find much about him. Apparently his entire oeuvre is collected in Shafer's volume, but I don't really have...
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Am I dreaming?

Posted October 3rd, 2013 at 10:21 AM by f0ma
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Summer Reading

Posted May 29th, 2013 at 08:48 AM by f0ma

Right, I'm going to make a checklist of books that I need to read over the summer. I've been incredibly lax with my reading this past year and that needs to change. Once I'm finished with my exams next month, I'll have a good three months to do some reading. I don't know how much I'll be able to get read, but I'm going to make a checklist of books that I need/want to finish before I begin university.

The essential books are the ones I really need to read before I begin my course....
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Sino-Japanese Relations: A Selected Bibliography

Posted May 20th, 2013 at 10:08 AM by f0ma
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A reading guide for pre-1911 Sino-Japanese relations, for anyone interested. By no means an exhaustive list, just a collection of books I've come across in my travels.

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