Today in Chinese history: the Siege of Kaifeng ends (1233)

Chinese history isn’t really what we cover around here, but I’m making an exception for the 1232-1233 Siege of Kaifeng. Why? Well, partly because the Mongols were involved, but also because, from the standpoint of military history, there were some incredible things happening in China in this period. The Jin, who were the ruling dynasty … Continue reading Today in Chinese history: the Siege of Kaifeng ends (1233)

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Today in Chinese history: the Siege of Kaifeng ends (1233)

Chinese history isn’t really what we cover around here, but I’m making an exception for the 1232-1233 Siege of Kaifeng. Why? Well, partly because the Mongols were involved, but also because, from the standpoint of military history, there were some incredible things happening in China in this period. The Jin, who were the ruling dynasty … Continue reading Today in Chinese history: the Siege of Kaifeng ends (1233)

Today in Chinese history: the Siege of Kaifeng ends (1233)

If you pick up an academic book on Mongolian history, there's a good bet that somewhere in the introductory sections the author will lament his or her inability to study the full range of primary sources on the topic. This is because the two most important languages for studying the Mongols (more important even than … Continue reading Today in Chinese history: the Siege of Kaifeng ends (1233)