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《Dunhuang Research》 2017-04
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A Study on the Term “Family Members” in the Han Dynasty Slips from Jianshuijinguan and Related Problems

WEI Xuehong;HOU Zonghui;Gansu Academy of Social Sciences;  
The information contained in Han dynasty bamboo slips from Jianshuijinguan shows that "family members" was a relatively broad term. The family members in Han dynasty frontier lands was a little more complex, not only including parents, spouse, and children, but also brothers, sisters, brother-in-laws and sisterin-laws, nephews, nephew's wives, brother's grandchildren, and even the spouses of grandchildren. These more distantly related kin each had their separate settlements in frontier communities and contributed greatly to frontier construction, their labor assignments being arranged according to military station. They were registered in detailed lists in terms of their habitats, showing that the Han dynasty maintained effective management of various peoples living at its borders. The study of military soldiers and their family members can improve our understanding of frontier social management under the Han dynasty.
【Key Words】: family members Han dynasty habitat frontier management
【Fund】: 国家社科基金项目“人口流入与汉代西北边疆社会变迁研究”(12XZS029)
【CateGory Index】: K877.5
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