January 19, 2017

Today in History: Tang Dynasty triumphs over Kucha --- but did it matter? (649 AD)

John RobsonResident Historian John Robson
 

The triumph of Tang over Kucha on Jan. 19 of 649 AD does not only highlight the vanity of much worldly ambition. 

It also underlines how much that gets into the history books, from pedantry or an attempt at “balance”, is not real history in the sense of mattering to the world or posterity, especially if it does not concern the affairs of the West.

This battle does not matter even to people who now live wherever Kucha once was, whereas Magna Carta is significant in every corner of the world if only as a standing challenge to injustice.

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commented 2017-01-20 03:59:31 -0500
Thanks for pointing out how easy Slavs have had it in history. In all seriousness though, it makes me think of the “nature vs. nurture” argument, how much do societies give praise or blame to their own internal development and (in my opinion far more) reaction to outside forces? Anyways, thanks Hillary for projecting your “white male privilege” onto east europe, the last bastion against your fake “3rd wave feminism” disguised as simply more communist bullshit. Golly, I wonder why east europeans aren’t buying it…
commented 2017-01-19 22:12:34 -0500
Canadian History must be boring….
commented 2017-01-19 17:31:46 -0500
You are correct professor Robson. The three influences on Asian history that are the most lasting and significant are Lao-tzu, Kung-fu tze, and Siddhartha Gautama. People like Mao, Pol Pot et al serve only as reminders that no matter how large the petrie dish the ideas of Karl Marx are really bad ideas.