Aya Shawn
master in Computer Science, National University of SingaporeOct 12
Since the birth of ancient civilizations in the Mesopotamia and Mesopotamia, human history has gone through thousands of years.
Because time is too long, many things will always be lost in human history.
For example, the Egyptians did not understand the ancient writings in the pyramids, and the people in the Middle East could not read the clay tablets left by Sumer. Many stories about what happened in ancient civilizations rely on myths and religious stories to spread, and no one knows whether they are true or false.


Therefore, in the long course of history, it is normal for a civilization to lose some memories.
If the Chinese people have lost something in history, there must be true. But compared with all other civilizations, the Chinese must have lost the least, some less important things.


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Since the collapse of the Shang Dynasty in 1046 BC, every dynasty in China has established a specialized department: the Royal Historian.
They had an important mission to compile and publish all the history of the previous dynasty.
After 3,000 years, China's successive dynasties have compiled a total of 24 historical masterpieces, recording the history of the past 4,000 years. This historical information is accurate to every year, and even every important historical figure and event.
They add up to 3213 volumes, about 40 million words.
The Chinese call these history books "24 Histories"


Do you think this is all? Far from enough
The Chinese also have many other historical works, such as "Zizhi Tongjian", "Spring and Autumn Period", "Shang Shu", "Bamboo Book Annals", "Lu Shi Chun Qiu" and other historical works written by nobles and scholars that span the era.
Each state and county has its own historical officials who record what happened there every year, which is called "county history."


In Chinese history, due to wars, chaos, divisions and invasions, many history books would be damaged or even deliberately burned. Some careerists even try to destroy parts of the historical record entirely. But because there are so many historical books, they quote each other, corroborate each other, and cross-record. Scattered across the country.
The task of destroying history simply cannot be accomplished.
Therefore, so far, the Chinese have a database of historical documents unmatched by any country in the world.
Their scholars can query what happened every year, or even every day, in the past 4,000 years.


More importantly, these records are often not isolated copies, but are mutually supporting and multi-perspective records. This makes it very difficult to falsify history.
At present, countries surrounding China, such as India, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, and some Southeast Asian countries.
When studying your own ancient history, you cannot avoid Chinese historical materials.
The historical materials of many Central Asian countries even come entirely from China.


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For archaeologists around the world, archeology is a job of “discovering the unknown.”
For example, they discovered Egyptian stone inscxtions, dug out the Rosetta Stone, found a clay tablet, and discovered a parchment scroll in a cave. Wow! An unknown piece of history was uncovered by them, it’s unbelievable!


But for Chinese archaeologists, archeology is a job of "proving what is known."
For example, they had long known that in 1046 BC, King Wu of Zhou led his army to attack the Shang Dynasty. Because many history books have recorded this matter.
But it was not until the beginning of the 20th century that they unearthed a 3,000-year-old bronze plate with 32 characters carved on it, which read: "To commemorate the morning of X, month X, when King Wu led his army to attack the Shang Dynasty, this plate was made for commemorate".
They celebrate with each other, wow! It turns out that what these books say is correct!


For example,They knew that a certain princess of the Ming Empire was poisoned to death by someone else on a certain day, because it was recorded in different history books. But when the princess's grave was discovered 15 years ago, they did detect cyanide in her remains, and the date of her death was recorded on her epitaph. Exactly the same!
They celebrate with each other, wow! It turns out that what these books say is correct!


So, after you understand the Chinese people’s attitude towards history and the historical resources they have. Then you think about what the Chinese people have lost in history.
I can tell you with certainty that Chinese primary school students can read texts from 3,000 years ago after 10 minutes of guidance in a museum. Middle school students can recite stories carved on stone walls 2,000 years ago without any study.
Their history is more real and reliable than any other country or nation. They have lost less than any other country or nation in the world.