The Han Emperors and Xiongnu at War
Lecture no. 4 from the course: The Barbarian Empires of the Steppes
Taught by Professor Kenneth W. Harl | 30 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses
Han emperors found the tribute system granted Modu chanyu or “five baits”—by which the Xiongnu were promised Chinese brides, among other gifts—humiliating and unacceptable. Look closely at the relationship between the Han Empire of China and the nomadic confederacy of the Xiongnu, including Han attempts to eliminate the Xiongnu threat through war.