Tang China goes to town on its neighbors over the course of the mid-7th century. First, the Western Regions of central Asia will feel the full force of a reunited Middle Kingdom, culminating in the collapse and Chinese annexation of the whole Western Turkic Khannate, putting Chinese borders (briefly) right up against Persia. Then, Emperor Gaozong will commit himself to completing what his father begun: the final destruction of Goguryeo. but this time he’ll enlist the aid of South Korean Silla to carve out a toehold on the peninsula to give himself a better shot at success. But when a Japanese war-fleet responds to North Korean pleas for aid, it will be a showdown on the high seas for which Asian power will control the Korean Peninsula.
Time Period Covered:
Major Historical Figures:
Emperor Gaozong (Li Zhi)
Empress Wu Zhao
General Su Dingfang “The Turk Destroyer”
General Li Shiji
Western Türkic Kaghanate (Onoq):
Shabulou Khan (Ashina Holu)
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Karam Skaff. Jonathan. Sui-Tang China and Its Turko-Mongol Relations
Ō no Yasumaro, Prince Toneri. Nihon Shoki.
Sima, Guang. Zizhi Tongjian
Twitchett, Denis (ed.), Weschler, Howard. The Cambridge History of China, vol. 3
Unger, J.M. “The Role of Contact in the Origins of the Japanese and Korean Languages.”
Yi, Pae-yong. Women in Korean History
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