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The Image of Southeast Asian Countries in the Song-Yuan Chinese Historical-Geographical Records: The Case of Pagan

ФИО студента: Anastasiia Kibesheva

Руководитель: Dmitry Khudyakov

Кампус/факультет: Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs

Программа: Asian Studies (Bachelor)

Год защиты: 2019

This paper rises the problem of studying Chinese historical and geographical descriptions of barbarian polities. Current scientific research is based on the analysis of Burma descriptions in the period of VII-XIII century. The analysis is based on the linear information perception concept, according to which the increase in volume directly depends on the importance of a single polity for the Chinese imperial court. The sources are divided into structural-genre groups, based on the logic of presentation of information in the text. The study consists of an introduction, three chapters and a conclusion. The first chapter presents an analysis of the existing historiography on the political, economic and religious history of Southeast Asia and Myanmar in the VII-XIII century. The second chapter contains an analysis of descriptions of the territory of Myanmar in the period of the VII-X centuries. Sufficiently large informativeness of the sources is a common feature of this era. Information on trade, town planning and race composition are the most significant structural-genre groups related to this period. In the third chapter the analysis of the descriptions of Myanmar in the XI-XIII centuries is pointed out. A basic feature of the period is information decrease in key structural-genre groups, including trade and race composition. However, considerable attention is paid to issues of ceremonial reception and ritual ceremonies. In conclusion, the results of the research are represented and summarized. The prospects for further research are outlined.

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