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A buried past: the tomb inscription (muzhiming) and official biographies of Wang Chuzhi (863–923)

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The present article investigates the tomb inscription of Wang Chuzhi (863-923), a military governor whose career spanned the end of the Tang and the beginning of the Five Dynasties. By comparing the inscription with representations of the deceased in official sources, the article reveals that the tomb inscription presents a critical attitude toward the moral standards of conventional historiography, and demonstrates a shifting moral geography in the works of Song historians. This new standard increasingly excluded nomadic peoples from the newly imagined political body, and excluded with them the pragmatic diplomacy that had characterized the politics of the Five Dynasties.
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Wang Chuzhi, tomb inscriptions, historiography, dynastic histories, Five Dynasties

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Schottenhammer, Angela. 2009. “A Buried Past: The Tomb Inscription (muzhiming) and Official Biographies of Wang Chuzhi (863–923).” Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 52: 14–56.
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Schottenhammer, Angela. (2009). A buried past: the tomb inscription (muzhiming) and official biographies of Wang Chuzhi (863–923). JOURNAL OF THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL HISTORY OF THE ORIENT, 52, 14–56.
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Schottenhammer A. A buried past: the tomb inscription (muzhiming) and official biographies of Wang Chuzhi (863–923). JOURNAL OF THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL HISTORY OF THE ORIENT. 2009;52:14–56.
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Schottenhammer, Angela. “A Buried Past: The Tomb Inscription (muzhiming) and Official Biographies of Wang Chuzhi (863–923).” JOURNAL OF THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL HISTORY OF THE ORIENT 52 (2009): 14–56. Print.
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  abstract     = {The present article investigates the tomb inscription of Wang Chuzhi (863-923), a military governor whose career spanned the end of the Tang and the beginning of the Five Dynasties. By comparing the inscription with representations of the deceased in official sources, the article reveals that the tomb inscription presents a critical attitude toward the moral standards of conventional historiography, and demonstrates a shifting moral geography in the works of Song historians. This new standard increasingly excluded nomadic peoples from the newly imagined political body, and excluded with them the pragmatic diplomacy that had characterized the politics of the Five Dynasties.},
  author       = {Schottenhammer, Angela},
  issn         = {0022-4995},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL HISTORY OF THE ORIENT},
  keyword      = {Wang Chuzhi,tomb inscriptions,historiography,dynastic histories,Five Dynasties},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {14--56},
  title        = {A buried past: the tomb inscription (muzhiming) and official biographies of Wang Chuzhi (863--923)},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/156852009X405339},
  volume       = {52},
  year         = {2009},
}

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