Friday, December 25, 2015
Wu are you?
The Chinese of the Han Dynasty when faced with a resolute and dangerous external threat able to muster those resources for a protracted period AND apply force in a ruthless manner, time and expense seeming to be of no matter.
Thanks again to the Scholars Stage and the tip from isegoria.net.
BOOTS ON THE GROUND AS UNDERSTOOD AT THE TIME ONLY A PART OF THE OVERALL HAN STRATEGY TO DEAL WITH THE NOMADIC BARBARIANS SUCH AS THE XIONGNU .
"What Edward Luttwak Doesn't Know About Ancient China pt. 2"
"The first barbarian-handling tool is normally translated as 'corruption' in English translations, but perhaps 'addiction,' or more fully 'induced economic dependence' are more accurate: the originally self-sufficient Xiongnú were to be made economically dependent on Han-produced goods"
"The second tool of barbarian-handling, is normally translated as 'indoctrination': the Xiongnú were to be persuaded to accept the authoritarian Confucian value system and the collectivistic behavioral norms of the Han"
"The much larger, longer-term benefit of the second tool was to undermine the entire political culture of the Xiongnú, and make them psychologically well as economically dependent"
THAT SITUATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST ESPECIALLY WITH REGARD TO THE ISLAMIC STATE AS DEPLORABLE AS IT IS, DO NOT EXPECT ANY AMERICAN ADMINISTRATION TO ACT WITH THE LONG-TEM DETERMINATION OF THE CHINESE RULERS AS DURING THE HAN DYNASTY!
Out of the question today, tomorrow, forever.