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軍閥鬥獸場:內戰時代的邊疆 Colosseum of Warlords: Frontiers in the Age of Civil Wars


School of Chines Seminar


Colosseum of Warlords: Frontiers in the Age of Civil Wars



Dr. Ganghao Poh (Nanyang Technological University)

傅港皓博士 (南洋理工大學)


日期 Date: 23 May 2024 (Thursday)

時間 Time: 11:00-12:30 pm

地點 Venue: CPD-7.30, 7/F, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong

語言Language: English



Frontiers are a crucial element in constructing and maintaining empires throughout the ancient world. This study builds on the existing small but significant pool of scholarship on comparative history between Rome and China by discussing the civil war periods and focusing on the frontiers of empires to highlight the direct causal relationship between frontier exploitation and empire-building.

Using a comparative approach to analyze the frontiers of the Late Eastern Han and Late Roman empires during periods of civil war, this study looks past the traditional narratives that focus heavily on political developments at the imperial center. Instead, it seeks to understand how frontiers constituted an important but overlooked geographical and political space in the construction and maintenance of imperial power and stability. Frontiers were the critical arenas on which warlords competed for the throne during civil wars. At the frontiers, warlords reconfigured existing loyalty networks and conscripted frontier minorities to gain the necessary manpower to overwhelm their opponents thereby reconstructing imperial power. The strategies of exploitation at the frontiers in turn transformed markers of identification amongst ethnic minorities.





Ganghao Poh graduated from Stanford University with a PhD in History. He is currently holding the position of a Part-time Lecturer at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. He teaches a wide selection of classes in Premodern Chinese History, World History, and Comparative History. He is interested in topics such as empires, race and ethnicity, law and power, as well as religion and gender.



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