by Jack Le Moine
From the latest happenings in things historical. This article The Battle that Kept the Chinese Out of Central Asia was published yesterday in The Diplomat . The article’s author is Catherine Putz.
This is about the Battle of Talas in 751. The Abbasid Caliphate of Islam was expanding eastward while the Tang Dynasty of China was expanding westward. What would be the destiny of the central regions of Asia?
While not clear at the time, this battle ended up being one of the most important events in history.