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New blog: The Great Liao? Chinggis? CEASG?

24 January 2017
The great liao

The Great Liao? Chinggis? CEASG?

By Tjalling Halbertsma, Director International of CEASG and author on Nestorian remains of Inner Mongolia and the Mongols.

Ever heard of the Great Liao? Or the Da Liao? Perhaps the Liao dynasty? As opposed to the Tang, Ming or Qing dynasties, the Liao have been largely overlooked by most and remain largely unknown to this day. Yet the Liao conquered and ruled vast parts of what is today Northern China and Mongolia - Siberia even. For as long as 200 years (907-1125 AD) that is, two full centuries. The dynasty, founded by the Khitan people, was the first of a series of conquest dynasties of China, culminating in the Mongol rule of China and the Yuan dynasty. Read more

Last modified:24 January 2017 11.29 a.m.

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