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Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages (jiǔ) and Political Struggle During the Tang Dynasty in the Light of Zizhi tongjian

Meizi Xie    Alma Mater Studiorum, Università di Bologna, Italia    

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abstract

This paper examines the close relationship between alcoholic beverages and politics in the Tang dynasty (618‑907 AD), starting with the way in which Chinese people categorised various types of beverages. Through the terminology used to denote Chinese alcohol (jiǔ) and its two opposing physical and psychological effects, the Chinese realised that it could also have numerous beneficial and harmful effects on political life. As a result, jiǔ was an important player in the Chinese imperial political scene, playing a variety of roles there, examples of which were given in large numbers in the Zizhi tongjia.

Published
June 30, 2022
Accepted
May 9, 2022
Submitted
March 22, 2022
Language
IT

Keywords: Zizhi tongjianTang DynastySanctifying alliancesChinese alcoholPoliticsStirring up deviant behavior

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