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Women of the Conquest Dynasties: Gender and Identity in Liao and Jin China

Linda Cooke Johnson


China's historical women warriors hailed from the northeast (Manchuria) during the Liao (907–1125) and Jin (1115–1234) dynasties. They rode horseback astride, were good at hunting and shooting, and took part in military battles. Several led armies against the enemy Song state. This book represents a groundbreaking effort to survey the customs and lives of these women from the Kitan and Jurchen tribes who maintained their native traditions of horsemanship, militancy, and sexual independence while excelling in writing poetry and prose and earning praise for their Buddhist piety and Confucian eth ... More

Keywords: horsemanship, Chinese women, women warriors, feminine behavior, Jurchen tribes, Kitan tribes, militancy, Chinese culture, female identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780824834043
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824834043.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Linda Cooke Johnson, author
Michigan State University