The history of Dali is particularly interesting.

David G. Atwill:

Blinkered visions: Islamic Identity, Hui ethnicity and the Panthay Rebellion in Southwest China

David G. Atwill:

The Chinese Sultanate

Islam, Ethnicity, and the Panthay Rebellion in Southwest China, 1856-1873

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Abstract: The Muslim-led Panthay Rebellion was one of five mid-nineteenth-century rebellions to threaten the Chinese imperial court. The Chinese Sultanate begins by contrasting the views of Yunnan held by the imperial center with local and indigenous perspectives, in particular looking at the strong ties the Muslim Yunnanese had with Southeast Asia and Tibet. Traditional interpretations of the rebellion there have emphasized the political threat posed by the Muslim Yunnanese, but no prior study has sought to understand the insurrection in its broader muti-ethnic borderland context. At its core, the book delineates the escalating government support of premeditated massacres of the Hui by Han Chinese and offers the first in-depth examination of the seventeen-year-long rule of the Dali Sultanate.

云南白族的起源和形成论文集

Early collection of essays on the formation of the Bai people.

赵黄松 (Zhao Huangsong):

白族研究百年

Collection of the most relevant research articles about the Bai people from 1912, vol. 2.

赵黄松 (Zhao Huangsong):

白族研究百年

Collection of the most relevant research articles about the Bai people from 1912.

大理市文化丛书编辑委员会 ( ):

大理古碑存文录

A collection of the texts of many important stone tablets in the Dali region, from the Nanzhao period to the 20th century. 

李朝真 (Li Chaozhen) and 张锡禄 (Zhang Xilu):

大理古塔

Comprehensive coverage of all the pagodas in the Dali region.

大理白族自治州王陵调查课题组 ( ):

二十世纪大理考古文集

Collection of articles on archeology in Dali from the 20th century.

段金录 (Duan Jinlu) and 张锡禄 (Zhang Xilu):

大理历代名碑

Collection of the texts and a brief analysis of important stone tablets in the Dali region.

段玉明 (Duan Yuming):

南诏大理文化史

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A comprehensive study of Nanzhao and Dali culture and politics.

侯冲 (Hou Chong):

白族心史

《白古通记》研究

Hsu Francis:

Under the Ancestors' Shadow

Chinese Culture and Personality

Based on fieldwork in Xizhou from 1941 to 1943, Hsu analyses ancestor worship and clan structure in this Bai community (which he did not realize was not Han Chinese, the distinction was not clear then). It is an important historical work of Chinese anthropology.

连瑞枝 (Lian Ruizhi):

僧侣士人土官

明朝统治下的西南人群与历史

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A most interesting book about the transformation of the SW during the Ming. 

李家瑞 (Li Jiarui):

用文物補正南诏及大理国的纪年

李家瑞 (Li Jiarui):

大理白族自治州历史文物调查资料

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An early collection of essays on Dali history, including the first known list of Benzhu names.

李学龙 (Li Xuelong):

南诏大理国王陵的几个问题

Discussion of the lost tombs of Nanzhao and the Dali Kingdom.

缪坤和 (Miao Kunhe):

儒家思想对南诏大理国社会发展的影响

Exploration of the effect of Confucianism on Nanzhao and Dali.

南诏史论丛

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Collection of essays on Nanzhao history.

南诏史论丛

Collection of essays on Nanzhao history, vol 2.

杨升庵 (Yang Shengan):

南诏野史

A Ming dynasty time history of Nanzhao, sometimes translated as the 'Unofficial History of Nanzhao', an important historic document about Nanzhao, but of course written by a Ming scholar, commonly believed to be Yang Shen 杨慎, but since the original has been lost to history, there is some discussion around this, see Yang Yanfu 1981

This compendium was written sometime during the reign of the Ming emperor Jiajing 嘉靖, most likely between 1531 and 1551 (see 杨延福: 谈《南诏野史》的几种本子与作者诸问题).

Several copies of this book can be found online:



谢道辛 (Xie Daoxin):

大理考古百年回眸

Review of the archeology in Dali in the 20th century.

薛琳 (Xue Lin):

南诏大理国王陵之谜

A Mystery of Nanzhao-Dali Kingdom's Mausoleums

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About gravesites of the Nanzhao and Dali period

杨延福 (Yang Yanfu):

谈《南诏野史》的几种本子与作者诸问题

Investigation of the various versions of the "Unofficial History of Nanzhao".

杨周伟 (Yang Zhouwei):

中华白族通史 (上册)

The Comprehensive History of the Chinese Bai Nationality

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A comprehensive modern history of the Bai in China, starting from the earliest times until 1956. This first volume covers the history until the Mongol invasion.

杨周伟 (Yang Zhouwei):

中华白族通史 (中册)

The comprehensive history of the Chinese Bai Nationality

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Comprehensive modern history of the Bai people from the earliest times to 1956. This second volume covers the history from the Mongol invasion until 1956.

杨周伟 (Yang Zhouwei):

中华白族通史 (下册)

The Comprehensive History of the Chinese Bai Nationality

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A comprehensive modern history of the Bai in China, starting from the earliest times until 1956. This third volume covers Bai settlement areas, personalities etc.

张胜温 (Zhang Shengwen):

张胜温画券

Reprint of the 16m long scroll by the Dali Kingdom period painter Zhang Shengwen, depicting Buddhist topics. This large and important scroll was finished about 1180AD.

张锡禄 (Zhang Xilu):

清代兴衰

Abstract: 清代的大理与中原地区一样有过“ 康乾盛世”,政治统一,经济发展,文化繁荣,人丁兴旺。但后期, 政治腐败,经济衰败,发生了以回族领袖杜文秀为首的农民大起义。被镇压后,人口锐减,生产下降,各族人 民生计艰难.

张旭 (Zhang Xu):

从白族的自称和他称看其族源

Investigation into the origin of the name Bai 白 in history.

张增祺 (Zhang Zengqi):

洱海区域古代文明

部落分治时期

Cultural history of the Erhai region, early period.


张增祺 (Zhang Zengqi):

洱海区域古代文明

南诏大理国时期

张增祺 (Zhang Zengqi):

洱海区域古代文明

南诏大理国时期

杨周伟 (Yang Zhouwei):

朝圣魂归

南诏大理国

A collection of essays about Nanzhao and Dali history with an emphasis on legends. The author Yang Zhouwei is relatively well known as an independent writer on Nanzhao and Dali history. 

赵敏 (Zhao Min):

大理洱源县碑刻辑录

A collection of stone tablet inscriptions from Dali Eryuan county with an introduction.

周锦国 (Zhou Jinguo) and 赵元梁 (Zhao Yuanliang):

大理市村庄名称调查研究

以大理镇等5个镇为例

Abstract: 村庄是比地名更小的地方行政单位。一个地区村名的命名往往与当时的政治、经济、宗教、民族等多种因素有关。以苍山、洱海间的大理镇等5个镇为例,对村庄的名称进行了较深入的调查研究。根据白语和汉语对村名命名产生的影响,对村名命名的类型进行分析,同时还分析了村名中体现的社会历史文化和山水自然文化。通过查阅文献资料和走访调查等研究方法,探究村名中蕴含的文化信息。