By Edward Harper Parker
The upshot of it used to be that during 771 B.C. the Emperor used to be killed via the Tartars in conflict, and it used to be in basic terms by means of securing the army guidance of the semi-Tartar Warden of the Marches that the imperial dynasty was once kept. because it was once, the Emperor's capital used to be completely moved east from the speedy neighbourhood of what we name Si-ngan Fu in Shen Si province to the speedy neighbourhood of Ho-nan Fu within the smooth Ho Nan province; and as a present for his prone the Warden was once granted approximately the complete of the unique imperial patrimony west of the Yellow River bend and on either side of the Wei Valley. This was once additionally within the yr 771 B.C., and this is often particularly one of many nice pivot-points in chinese language heritage, of equivalent weight with the virtually contemporaneous founding of Rome, and the slow substitution of a Roman centre for a Greek centre within the improvement and civilization of the a ways West.
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Accustomed as we now are to regard China as one vast homogeneous whole, approachable to us easily from the sea, it is not easy for us to understand the historical lines of expansion without these preliminary explanations. , had no political relations with the federated Chinese princes, and nothing is known of its internal doings, or of its immediate relations (if any) with Manchus and Coreans. " True, a number of Chinese vassal rulers held petty fiefs to the south and the east of the two highly civilized principalities already described as being in possession of the Lower Yellow River; but the originally orthodox rulers of these petty colonies are distinctly stated to have partly followed barbarian usage, even despite their own imperial clan origin, and to have paid court to these two greater vassals as mesne lords, instead of direct to the Emperor.
South of these, again, came the Hwai group of Eastern barbarians in possession of the Lower Hwai valley, and the various quite unknown tribes of Eastern barbarians occupying the marshy salt flats and shore accretions on the Kiang Su coast right down to the River Yang-tsz mouth. C. powerful semi-Chinese states began to assert themselves against the federated orthodox Chinese princes lying to their north; but, when dated history first opens, Central China knew nothing whatever of any part of the vast region lying to the south of the Yang-tsz; nothing whatever of what we now call Yiin Nan and Sz Ch'wan, not to say of the Indian and Tibetan dominions lying beyond them; fortiori nothing of Formosa, Hainan, Cochin-China, Tonquin, Burma, Siam, or the various Hindoo trading colonies advancing from the South Sea Islands northwards along the Indo-Chinese coasts; nothing whatever of Tsaidam, the Tarim Valley, the Desert, the Persian civilization, Turkestan, Kashgaria, Tartary, or Siberia.
Bushell's "Chinese Art". [Illustration: MAP] LIST OF MAPS 1. The other small maps will explain each section more in detail. 2. C. 3. Like the modern Sultan, the Chow Emperor was gradually driven into a corner, surrounded by Bulgarias, Servias, Egypts, and other countries once under his effective rule; and, like the Sultan, the Chou Emperor remained spiritual head for many centuries after the practical dismemberment of his empire. 4. Until quite recent times, the true source of the Yang-tsz had been unknown to the Chinese, and the River Min has been, and even still is, considered to be the chief head-water.