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20 09, 2017

Mercenaries and military history

By |2018-04-20T08:25:06-07:00September 20th, 2017|War|0 Comments

Nubian archers in the Middle Kingdom (from the Nubian museum in Aswan, Egypt). About 2000 BC. Mercenaries (MURR-sinn-air-eez) are paid volunteer soldiers: they are soldiers who are fighting as a job, not in order to save their country or for the glory of God. They only fight if they are paid, or for the [...]

6 06, 2017

Bai Juyi – Medieval Chinese poetry

By |2019-02-08T05:56:15-07:00June 6th, 2017|China, Literature|0 Comments

The tomb of Bai Juyi Who was Bai Juyi? Bai Juyi was born in China during the T'ang Dynasty, in 772 AD, just at the end of the great rebellion of An Lushan and not long after Xue Tao was born. The poet Xue Tao Early Chinese literature The T'ang Dynasty All our ancient [...]

6 06, 2017

End of T’ang Dynasty China – Uighurs and Buddhists

By |2018-04-18T09:53:37-07:00June 6th, 2017|China, History|0 Comments

Emperor Wuzong Hsuan Tsung's son, the T'ang Emperor Suzong, asked a neighboring power, the Uighur Empire, to help him crush An Lu-shan's rebellion, and by 757 AD, thanks to the Uighur army, Suzong was able to get An Lu-shan assassinated. Still there was more civil war until 763 AD. These wars wrecked China [...]

31 05, 2017

Uighurs – Medieval Central Asia

By |2019-01-12T17:44:20-07:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, History|0 Comments

Uighur princesses (Bezelik Cave) Who were the Uighurs? When the Turkic Gokturk Empire in Central Asia collapsed in 742 AD, the Uighurs got their independence. Who were the Gokturks? More Central Asia articles The Uighur Empire Their king, or Khan, Qutlugh Bilge Kol, set up his own smaller empire in what is now [...]

31 05, 2017

Sogdians in China – History of Central Asia

By |2019-04-07T07:42:10-07:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, History|0 Comments

Sogdian traders in China about 550 AD (Musee Guimet) Sogdians and the Silk Road Even after the fall of the Han Dynasty, the Sogdians still controlled Silk Road trade between West Asia and China. Earlier Sogdians The Han Dynasty More about the Silk Road All our Central Asia articles The Sogdians and India By [...]