The opening sentence of The Romance of the Three Kingdoms, The general trend in the world, must be divided for a long time, and divided for a long time, can be said to be a precise summary of our country s thousands of years of history. According to statistics, since Qin Shihuang unified the six nations, China s history has been reunified 60% of the time, and about 40% of the time has been divided.
But unlike the Roman Empire in Europe, after each war in China s history, it will be reunified and rapidly strengthened. The world was chaotic at the end of the Qin Dynasty, and the newly emerged Han Dynasty became the most powerful regime in the world at that time. The centuries of disputes between the Northern and Southern Dynasties and the reunification of the Sui and Tang Dynasties once again became the center of Asia. Rong.
The strength of the Han and Tang dynasties and the toughness and sturdiness of the Ming Dynasty have also become the talk of writers of all ages. When foreign history enthusiasts read ancient Chinese history, they can also feel the strength of ancient China from the line, but how strong or where is strong, it is difficult for foreigners to have an intuitive impression.
I asked a foreigner: How powerful was ancient China? It means hoping to enumerate some concrete examples. So how do netizens respond? Let s first see what Chinese netizens say.
Chinese netizens told the case of Belus to foreigners. Who is this Belus? This man was the prince of the ancient Persian kingdom. After Persia was defeated by Arab, Prince Belus ran all the way east to Chang an, begging Tang Gaozong to send troops. However, at that time the Tang Dynasty was attacking Goguryeo, so they did not agree.
In 661 AD, the Arab army hit Central Asia. It was obviously intolerable to use force within the sphere of influence of the Tang Dynasty. Tang Gaozong immediately sent troops to escort Prince Belus to Afghanistan and established the Persian governor s office. Became King of Persia.
Unfortunately, Prince Belus was not so angry, and was defeated by the Arabs again and fled back to Chang an. Obviously, this example is actually saying that the influence of the Tang Dynasty more than a thousand years ago has reached this place in the Middle East, playing a role of maintaining world order.
Next, let s see how foreign netizens respond.
1. There were only 5 to 10 provinces in ancient China, and there were many countries trying to invade China, but now they are all Chinese;
2. Early China was the most populous, most technologically advanced and wealthy country on the planet;
3. China s dynasty is very powerful in many aspects, but there is no objective measure of how strong it is. It is a difficult question, but in general, it is very powerful;
4. About 300 to 400 years before the Industrial Revolution, General Zheng He of the Chinese Ming Dynasty led an expedition with the world s largest fleet of 120 meters long.
Many of the many replies, a Korean netizen named Cui Yuanshi clearly understood the power of ancient China. He gave the example of Emperor Sui Yang s conquest of Goguryeo.
Between 598 and 614, the Sui Dynasty launched a series of military operations against Goguryeo, including transport, logistics, labor, and supporters. The Sui Dynasty mobilized as many as 1.1 million troops. The Korean netizen said: This is the largest military operation in human history before World War I.
This history is the three conquests of the Sui Dynasty Emperor Goguryeo that led to the destruction of the Sui Dynasty in our history books. Although the Sui Emperor finally failed, the successor of the Tang Dynasty succeeded in completing this mission and eventually destroyed Goguryeo.
Another US netizen also responded to this question, but was more at ease. He said that China had been a global superpower in almost every historical period, the only exception was the century of shame (1850-1949).
We In our historical system, the history before the Opium War of 1840 was ancient history, and from 1840 to 1949 it was included in modern history. But in the eyes of foreigners, history is not divided. And modern history is indeed the most humiliating and heart-wrenching history.