Births and Deaths – Part 1/2

If we study history, it does not take long to discover that all empires have births and deaths.

To name a few, the Persian Empire survived from 550 – 330 BC then fell to Alexander the Great as he built his vast but brief empire that survived from 346 to 323 BC.

After Alexander, there was the Roman Empire (27 BC – 476 AD in the West and 1453 AD in the East) and China’s Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD) followed by other great dynasties such as the Tang, Sung, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasty until it collapsed in 1911.

There was also the Mongol Empire (1206 – 1368 AD) followed by the British (1583 – 1997, when the British returned Hong Kong to China).

The concept of an American Empire was born in 1898, after the Spanish-American War and the annexation of the Philippines to the US.

You cannot run an empire without money.

However, some historians claim the process of expansion and empire for America dates to the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, which doubled the size of the US.

Bill Bonner writes of America’s Imperial Suicide and offers compelling evidence that the sunset of another empire has arrived.

Bonner mentions that the end started under President Richard Nixon in 1971 when the US stopped backing the dollar with gold and replaced it with paper and the good intentions of a government that is now burdened by a National Debt well beyond $14 trillion.

Since the Chinese appear poised to become the next world empire, will they accept the crown or follow in the footsteps of Han Dynasty, which transformed itself into the Tang, Sung, Yuan, Ming then Qing Dynasties by not attempting to swallow or control a vast global empire with constant expansion and intimidation of others on a scale equal to the Romans, the British Empire and the United States.

Are the Chinese wise enough to avoid the mistakes made by the others that have blazed this trail of empire before them?

Continued on July 13, 2011 in Births and Deaths – Part 2


Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of The Concubine Saga. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too. This is the love story Sir Robert Hart did not want the world to discover.

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6 Responses to Births and Deaths – Part 1/2

  1. Merlin says:

    Yea good point. I know Shanghai has a 2020 plan. I see the new map of Shanghai metro system that will expand to 22 metros. They will snake everywhere. From the new disney park in Pudong/Nanhui (south of the magnet lift) to Jinshan district (near Hangzhou bay bridge and Hangzhou Bay).

    • The Chinese focus on long range goals, which history tells us is superior to short term goals. For example, it took centures to build the Great Wall and the Grand Canal.

      However, with all goals, there is always a risk of failure or not achieving all that was planned.

      Then again, the journey is usually more rewarding than reaching the final goal just because you are on the journey, which is better than doing nothing while waiting for others/fate to decide your future. Putting trust in a “god” and doing nothing is futile and stupid.

  2. Merlin says:

    The chinese appeared on the right track for awhile. I was thinking when they become the next global empire I would somehow profit either monetarily or opportunity by being here. Now I watch the news EVERYWHERE about the government cuttin back on new high speed train orders and also slowing the speed to 300Km/h from 350.

    From what I see, somebody in the hot seat is running headless chicken from the western media from the Wenzhou incident. IF this same thing happens due to other future disasters, I can easily see China fall backwards on itself from it’s weakness of western media.

    • There may be another explanation. Before the 2008 global financial meltdown, China’s plans were spread out over more time. However, about 20 million jobs were lost due to American Wall Street and US Bank greed and China had to hurry and find a way to put those people to work before there was more unrest so they moved up their plans on high speed rail and building new cities, which had been planned to spend until something like 2020 to complete instead of the five years following 2008. Because they rushed to put people to work, some mistakes may have been made.

      What choice did they have? Twenty million angry people rioting that could not understand why they lost their jobs or making a few mistakes along the way. I probably would have made the same choice.

  3. Terry K Chen says:

    The han, tang, song, ming and qing dynasties were passive powers who never attempted to make vast global empires but I don’t think the same can be said about the yuan dynasty. At it’s peak under kublai khan, the empire stretched about 5 thousand miles from east to west and it was the largest empire the world has ever seen. Apart from that, kublai and genghis khan always wanted global domination.

    • The Qing were not that passive until the 19th century after losing the two Opium Wars. What about the Quinlong Emperor? He waged wars and expanded the empire a lot. He even fought wars of expansion with Burma even though he did not succeed there.

      However, the Yuan and the Qing Dynasties were not Han Chinese as the other Dynasties were. The Yuan were the Mongols under Kublai Khan that conqured the Southern Sung Dynasty, and the Qing (the Manchu) were also nothern barbarian horse people from the north side of the Great Wall. These miniorities were more into war with each other, tribe to tribe, or raiding into North China to loot, kill, rape and destroy, which is why the Chinese majority built the Great Wall to keep the pests out.

      Can’t count the Yuan and Qing Dynasties as part of the Chinese majority. They may have ruled China but the wars they waged were wars waged by the Mongols and the Manchu rulers.

      I’m adding this a day later. Correct me if I may be wrong, but Kubla Khan split the Mongol empire when he became emperor of China. He ruled China as the emperor of the Yuan Dyansty and didn’t expand behind China while the rest of the Mongol Empire, which spread as far as the Danube River in Europe, was ruled apart from his Yuan Dyansty.

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