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W ang Yen, the final top M inister—he of the jade-white fingers and the habit to the neo-Taoist precept of le niant—was taken prisoner and protested to The interval of Domestication forty three his captors that he had by no means been attracted to politics. The impolite leader of the barbarian forces is related to have rebuked him, announcing, “ You took workplace in the event you have been fairly younger, made a reputation for your self in every single place in the 4 Seas, and now carry the top place of work. how will you say that you've by no means had political targets? If anyone guy is re sponsible for the break of the Empire, it's you. ” 1 After the catastrophic lack of the north, participants of the chinese language elite fled in huge numbers to the realm south of the Yangtze, and for almost 300 years thereafter the rustic was once politically divided among risky chinese language dynasties with their capital at Nanking and a succession of non-Chinese states controlling all or a part of the north. within the south the chinese language constructed a brand new tradition. They clung tenaciously and defensively to each strand of culture that associated them with the prior glory of the Han. but they lived and labored in a space that were a colonial province of the H an—a land whose aboriginal peoples have been simply grad ually switched over to chinese language tradition. In weather, panorama, vegetation, nutrition, and structure and in lots of alternative ways, it con trasted sharply with the northern plains on which their an cestors had all started to form a particular chinese language civilization. these ancestral plains have been now the scene of wars among rival barbarian chiefs, of a succession of institutional experi ments designed to perpetuate the rule of thumb of alien minorities and 1The above it drawn from Arthur Waley, “The Fall of Loyang,* background this present day, No. four ((951), pp. 7-10. The modern Sogdian letter* present in the ruini of a watchtowcr wen of Tun