Author: Yike Jiang

  • The Downfall of the Last Han Chinese Empire

    In 1616, Nurhaci (努尔哈赤), the chief of the Jurchen (女真) which was a nomadic ethnic group in the Northeast Asia, suddenly rebelled against the Ming (明) Empire which was the last dynasty of the Han Chinese people (the main people of China) and built the Kin (金) Nation which was called Later Kin (後金). the…

  • The Great Handclasp: The Han Empire and the Roman Empire

    In the movie “Attila”, Flavius Aetius, the last great Roman general, who defeated “the Scourge of God” Attila, was very proud of his nation. He extolled his motherland and said that, during one thousand years, Rome was the center of the world civilization all along. Zhou Mu-King (周穆王), the fifth king of the Zhou Dynasty…

  • Early Relations between China and Japan

    China and Japan, the two old countries in the East Asia, sometimes were hand-in-hand friends and sometimes were absolutely irreconcilable enemies. In the friendly years, the people from the two nations often agreeably talked about the long history of the two nations’ friendship. In the hostile years, the people from the two nations were often…

  • Onono Imoko, a Lucky Japanese Envoy

    Since the Southern Dynasties of ancient China, Japanese eagerly studied the advanced culture and technology from the Huaxia nation. Japanese was called “Wo” (倭) by Chinese. Japanese kings paid tributes to the emperors of China every year, and the emperors conferred titles on them. The Japanese nation was a clever people, and they were eager…

  • The Battle of the Baeckchon River, the First Fighting between China and Japan

    When we talk about the ancient relations between the Tang Dynasty of China and Japan, we can remember how close and friendly the relationship of two nations was. However, maybe many people don’t know, in the early days of the Tang Dynasty there was a battle between the two nations, and Chinese army fought against…

  • Barbarian Invasions: The Migration Southwards of Han Chinese People

    When the fourth century AD just started, the Jin (晋) Dynasty of China was going to disintegrate. In the past decades, with the encouragement of the imperial government, many nomadic tribes moved to the regions inside the Great Wall. However, the empire never truly respected those tribes. The tribes suffered from heavy taxation and slave…

  • The Last Days of Koguryo

    Since the Sui Dynasty, Koguryo (高句丽) had been called Koryu (高丽), and its capital had been Pyongyang (平壤). Sui Yang-Emperor (隋炀帝) started several wars against Koryu, but the Sui Empire couldn’t capture this strong country. The last straw of the fateful rebellion which was against the Sui Empire was the war of Koryu. In AD…

  • Koguryo, an Indomitable Opponent against the Large Empire

    In 37 BC, Jumong (朱蒙, 주몽), the greatest hero in Korean history, led a branch of ancient Korean people to extricate themselves from the control of the Han Empire, and founded a country named “Koguryo” (written as “高句骊” or “高句丽” in Chinese) in the Northeast Asia. The new country continually expanded its territory, and later…

  • Li Ling and His Five Thousand Warriors

    This is a tragic story that five thousand warriors fought on foot against the Huns who had tens of thousands of horsemen. Li Ling, the leader of the troops, has been a controversial character for two thousand years. As the grandson of a well-known general, Li Ling had been good at mounted archery since he…

  • The Korean War of the Han Empire

    It was the war that the Han army captured Joseon (朝鲜). This Joseon was a country which was built by Wei Man (卫满) in modern-day Northern Korea. In the later days of the Warring-State Period, the former Joseon submitted itself to the Yan (燕) State. When the Qin (秦) State annexed the Yan State, the…