A Model for the Peace Movement?

441: “Emperor Zhengde insisted on leading an army against the Mongols in 1517 only for the official in charge of the Great Wall to refuse to open the gates to let him through because emperors belonged in Beijing.”


Morris, Ian. 2010. Why The West Rules — For Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux): p. 441. [A great book]


1 comment so far

  1. mark hansen on

    once years ago i read that the real reason for the great wall was to keep the chinese in, not to keep invaders out.
    the story was that it was meant to show the chinese that that was the edge of the middle kingdom.
    500 years from now any humans on the earth will be chinese.

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