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Empress Wu – T’ang Dynasty China – History

By |2018-09-10T15:18:00+00:00June 6th, 2017|China, History|

Empress Wu of the T'ang Dynasty Who was Wu Chao? Wu Chao was one of T'ai Tsung's girlfriends. After he died, she became his son's girlfriend too! The son's name was Gaozong. Find out more about T'ai Tsung Wu Chao becomes Empress Wu Once she got Gaozong to really love her, Wu Chao [...]

Han Dynasty China History – Western Han China

By |2018-11-13T07:20:05+00:00June 6th, 2017|China, History, Where|

Han Dynasty dancer (a clay figurine). Her long sleeves are part of the dance, and also show that she doesn't have to do any practical work. Gaozu starts the Han Dynasty When Gaozu (who was also called Liu Pang) started the Han Dynasty in 202 BC, he didn't really change that much from the [...]

Uighurs – Medieval Central Asia

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

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 [...]

Sogdians in China – History of Central Asia

By |2017-05-31T17:22:37+00:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, History|

Sogdian traders in China about 550 AD (Musee Guimet) Even after the fall of the Han Dynasty, the Sogdians still controlled Silk Road trade between West Asia and China. By the 300s AD the Sogdians seem to have been the main traders not only between China and West Asia, but also between China and [...]

Sogdians and the Silk Road – Central Asia

By |2017-05-31T17:15:44+00:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, History|

Gold coin from Sogdiana in the Hellenistic period Then in 328 or 327 BC the Macedonian conqueror Alexander conquered the Sogdians. Alexander got as far as the Jaxartes river (Syr Darya in Tajikistan), where he built a city (modern Khujand) and left some of his Greek and Macedonian soldiers and some of the Greek [...]

Sogdians – History of Central Asia

By |2017-05-31T16:56:34+00:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, History|

A horse-drawn chariot from the Oxus Treasure (British Museum, thanks to Mary Harrsch) The Sogdians came to Sogdiana (parts of modern Tajikistan and Uzbekistan) probably about 1500 BC. They were part of the wave of Indo-European migration to the south-east. Many people left Georgia and Armenia about that time and moved to Iran and northern [...]

Samanids – History of Central Asia

By |2019-02-01T11:30:03+00:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, History|

The tomb of the Samanid rulers. Bukhara, Uzbekistan, about 900 AD. Who were the Samanids? The Samanids were people who lived in the easternmost part of the medieval Abbasid Empire. They got power in the 800s AD. The Abbasid Empire All our Islamic Empire articles All our Central Asia articles Samanids or Sogdians? The [...]

Scythians and Sogdians – Early Central Asia

By |2017-05-31T13:23:39+00:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, History|

Central Asian yurts Nomads were travelling around Central Asia probably by 50,000 BC or so. By 24,000 BC, if not earlier, these nomads had split into at least two different groups that spoke different languages - one group spoke proto-Indo-European and the other group spoke proto-Altaic. DNA analysis shows that some of the [...]