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Chinese officer & soldiers of the Northern & Southern dynasties Period (AD 386–589)

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A representation of a Chinese officer, an infantryman and a cavalryman of the Northern and Southern dynasties Period (AD 386–589) from Liu Yonghua’s excellent book on the warriors of Imperial Eras China (copyright: Liu Yonghua).

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Mongol Empire: a map

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A detailed map of the Mongol Empire at its greater expanse (second half of 13th century) showing the emperor’s domain (China, Mongolia and Manchuria) and the other Mongol khanates.

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Scientists solve the mystery of Terracotta Army weapons

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Republication from  sciencedaily.com

Photo credit: New York Times

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Source: University College London

The chrome plating on the Terracotta Army bronze weapons — once thought to be the earliest form of anti-rust technology — derives from a decorative varnish rather than a preservation technique, finds a new study co-led by UCL and Terracotta Army Museum researchers.

The study, published today in Scientific Reports, reveals that the chemical composition and characteristics of the surrounding soil, rather than chromium, may be responsible for the weapons’ famous preservation power.

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Shaiginskoye: urban/topographical plan of a Jurchen city

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P.  Deligiannis

A rare and interesting urban and topographical plan of Shaiginskoye, a Jurchen settlement of the Middle Ages centuries in Primorye Territory of the modern Russian Federation. Shaiginskoye is a unique monument of the Jurchen people who inhabited the Primorye Territory in the Middle Ages before the coming of the Russians. It was a large town with many ramparts, residential buildings and factories.

The Jurchen were a tribal confederation of  Tungus and affiliated peoples. They were the founders of the Jin dynasty (1115–1234) in Manchuria and China proper, and the ancestors of the even more powerful Manchu people who conquered the entire Chinese area (around 1644) establishing the Qing dynasty who ruled China until 1912.

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The Making of PRC: The gradual territorial advance of Mao Zedong’s Red Army in China

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Four maps on the gradual territorial advance of Mao Zedong’s Communist Army (red colour) in China from 1946 to 1950, after bloody fighting against the Nationalist army and other local forces (white colour). The

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