This volume of - Wars with the Xiongnu is about a nomadic confederation - the Kingdom of Xiongnu to the north of ancient China, most notably for the relentless, atrocious and bloodletting wars that lasted for over two centuries with the mighty Han dynasty, comparable in size and power as Rome during its height. The roaming Xiongnu people, so powerful boasted of having a kingdom striding from Eastern Siberia to the west at the Altai Mountains in Central Asia, with territories so vast - even larger than the mighty Han at its zenith, were a wrath to its immediate neighbours for a period of no less than six centuries; yet with an estimated population of only one and a half million they were able to hold the Han Kingdom, during its height of fifty million people at bay. The powerful nomadic Kingdom rose to power from the midst of nowhere, reached its zenith, ran its course, its vitality and vigour spent, declined and vanished into oblivion without so much as a trace in the mists of time, albeit burial remains and textual references, predominantly from Chinese textual sources.
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Joseph P. Yap is a self educated historian. Having spent many years in the business community as a corporate executive, he decided to turn his attention to translating ancient Chinese texts into English. He believes that there is certainly no shortage of excellent translators, particularly from the academia world, however the literatures we inherit from the ancient Chinese are so vast that numerous books and texts are still left unattended and he believes that these valuable texts and chronicles should be made available to a wider English readers. He is presently working on an updated version of - The Passages of Mountains and Seas. (Also known as The Classic of Mountains and Seas.)
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