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The paper offers a sketch about the Kitan nation, the rise and fall of her Liao Empire. It outlines the origin, usage and disappearance of Kitan writing. It also contains a brief history of research done since the discovery of Kitan written monuments in the early twentieth century and sums up the state of the renewed international investigation up to the 1970s when significant progress was made in China. The methods used and the most important results achieved are also discussed.