I want to commend to your attention an excellent article by John Lee of the Centre for International Security Studies at the University of Sydney. The article discusses how the Chinese Communist Party has, er, burnished China’s history to promote a specific geopolitical agenda. Here’s a snippet:
The argument that China is unchanging and its dynasties never expansionist is nonsense. Like all imperial dynasties, expansion was a bloody, constant, opportunistic and ruthless affair.
That’s only the tip of the iceberg. The ancient history of China as it’s known to practically all Chinese and Westerners alike is a willful fabrication by Sung dynasty scholars. That China’s history is 5,000 years long in a way distinguished from, say, Poughkeepsie’s, is just one example of that fabrication.
The real story that’s arising slowly and painstakingly from the archaeological record is less glorious and a lot more interesting than the legends we’ve been lead to believe.
Read the whole thing.