Excerpt: ...as suzerain protector, not as direct administrator-but
had extended her power down to the south-west towards Yiin Nan and
Tibet, and also far away to the north-west in Tartarland, but not
farther than to where the Great Wall now extends. It is in the year
318 B.C. that we first hear the name Hiung-nu (ancestors of the
Huns and Turks), a body of whom allied themselves in that year with
the five other Chinese powers then in arms against the menacing
attitude of Ts'in; something remarkable must have taken place in
Tartarland to account for this sudden change of name, The only
remains of old federal China consisted of about ten petty states
such as Sung, Lu, etc., all situated between the Rivers Sz and
Hwai, and all waiting, hands folded, to be swallowed up at leisure
by this or that universal conqueror. Ts'in s'en va t'en guerre
seriously in the year 364, and began her slashing career by cutting
off 60,000 "Tsin" heads; (the legitimate Tsin sacrifices had been
cut off in 376, so this "Tsin" must mean "Ngwei," or that part of
old Tsin which was coterminous with Ts'in); in 331, in a battle
with Ngwei, 80,000 more heads were taken off. 'In 318 the Hiung-nu
combination just mentioned lost 82,000 heads between them; in 314
Han lost 10,000; in 312 Ts'u lost 80,000; in 307 Han lost 60,000;
and in 304 Ts'u lost 80,000. In the year 293 the celebrated Ts'in
general, Peh K'i, who has left behind him a reputation as one of
the greatest manipulators of vast armies in Eastern history, cut
off 240,000 Han heads in one single battle; in 275, 40,000 Ngwei
heads; and in 264, 50,000 Han heads. "Enfin je vais me mesurer avec
ce Vilainton" said the King of Chao, when his two western friends
of Han and Ngwei had been hammered out of existence. In the year
260 the Chao forces came to terrible grief; General Peh K'i managed
completely to surround their army of 400,000 men he accepted their
surrender, guaranteed their safety, and then proceeded methodically
to massacre the...
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