Eastern Han Music

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Development of Chinese music during the Eastern Han Dynasty

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English title Eastern Han Music
Publication Music-China.org
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Traditional, History

Geographical span of this epoch

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The Eastern Han Dynasty lasted from 25 AD to 220 AD.

The Eastern Han, also known as the Later Han, formally began on 5 August 25, when Liu Xiu became Emperor Guangwu of Han.[1] During the widespread rebellion against Wang Mang, the Korean state of Goguryeo was free to raid Han's Korean commanderies; Han did not reaffirm its control over the region until AD 30 .[2] The Trưng Sisters of Vietnam rebelled against Han in AD 40. Their rebellion was crushed by Han general Ma Yuan (d. AD 49) in a campaign from AD 42–43.[3] Wang Mang renewed hostilities against the Xiongnu, who were estranged from Han until their leader Bi (比), a rival claimant to the throne against his cousin Punu (蒲奴), submitted to Han as a tributary vassal in AD 50. This created two rival Xiongnu states: the Southern Xiongnu led by Bi, an ally of Han, and the Northern Xiongnu led by Punu, an enemy of Han.[4]

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  1. David R. Knechtges, in The Cambridge History of Chinese Literature, ed. Kang-i Sun Chang and Stephen Owen (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010): 116.
  2. Yü (1986), 450.
  3. de Crespigny (2007), 562, 660; Yü (1986), 454.
  4. Bielenstein (1986), 237–238; Yü (1986), 399–400.

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