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30 Aug 2019 10:48 a.m. PST
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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP28 Aug 2019 7:54 p.m. PST

"The Battle of Talas was a conflict between the Arab Abbasid Caliphate and the Chinese Tang Dynasty for control of the Syr- Darya. The Chinese army was defeated following the routing of their troops by the Abbasids on the bank of the Talas River (in present-day Kyrgyzstan

The Battle of Talas is seen as the key event in the technological transmission of the paper-making process. After the battle of Talas, knowledgeable Chinese prisoners of war were ordered to produce paper in Samarkand, and by the year 794 AD, a paper mill could be found in Baghdad, modern-day Iraq. The technology of paper making was thus transmitted to the Islamic world and later to the West"
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Lion in the Stars30 Aug 2019 12:13 p.m. PST

Interesting battle, and good for some what-if type games.

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP01 Sep 2019 9:19 p.m. PST

Huge armies involved. Also if you believe the Turks really did desert the Chinese then the Chinese are almost unplayable.

The desertion might need some tweaking to make the battle playable. I love the Chinese-Arab match up though.

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