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dc.contributorDepartment of Chinese Culture-
dc.creatorHo, KW-
dc.rights© 香港中文大學 The Chinese University of Hong Kongen_US
dc.rightsPosted with permission of the publisher.en_US
dc.subjectQin Hanen_US
dc.subjectEmperor Song Taizongen_US
dc.subjectEmperor Song Zhenzongen_US
dc.subjectBattle of Chan-zhouen_US
dc.subjectPeace Treaty of Chanyuanen_US
dc.subjectPrincipal Director of Inner Bureau of Eunuchsen_US
dc.typeJournal/Magazine Articleen_US
dcterms.abstractThis article examines the military career of Qin Han 秦翰 (952–1015), a senior eunuch in the early Northern Song dynasty. He served as the field commander in the northern and western borders against the Liao 遼 and Xia 夏 for more than thirty years during the reigns of Emperor Song Taizong 宋太宗 (r. 978–997) and Emperor Song Zhenzong 宋真宗 (r. 997–1022), where he made significant merits in various great battles, includ-ing the Battle of Chanzhou 澶州之役 in 1004 which resulted in the signing of the Peace Treaty of Chanyuan 澶淵之盟 between Song and Liao.-
dcterms.abstractHe was greatly trusted by his masters. Because of his loyalty and bravery in the battlefields plus his highly satisfactory service in the palace, he was subsequently promoted to the newly created post of Principal Director of Inner Bureau of Eunuchs 入內內侍省都都知, the chief eunuch in the Song palace in 1007.-
dcterms.abstractIn the eyes of his contemporaries, Qin Han was a model eunuch. On the one hand, he was humble and obedient to his masters, and on the other hand, he was generous and lenient to his subordinates and soldiers. And, most important of all, he was not involved in any kind of factional strife among the civilian officials of the Song court.-
dcterms.abstractThe case study of Qin Han confirms the fact that the Song rulers, particularly Emperor Zhenzong, who learned the lesson from the negative experiences of the Tang court, were both cautious and skilful in managing the eunuchs, making sure that they only served as their tools to control the army and that they would not pose any threat to the imperial rule.-
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dcterms.alternativeOn the military career of QinHan, a senior eunuch in the early Northern Song Dynasty-
dcterms.bibliographicCitation中國文化硏究所學報 (Journal of Chinese studies), July 2012, no. 55, p. 23-57-
dcterms.isPartOf中國文化硏究所學報 (Journal of Chinese studies)-
dc.description.ros2012-2013 > Academic research: refereed > Publication in refereed journal-
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