It was in the last days when all the officials and people of the Song Dynasty rummaged through their trunks to gather together “over 300,000 taels of gold and over 12 million taels of silver” and sent them to the people of the State of Jin.Unfortunately, xu jin guo fans, continued to press northern song dynasty imperial court, the other is song qinzong be compelled helpless, not only forced “donation”, officials and sent around the palace tribute, emperors treasures are stored up, including “by yu, served the royal, ancestral temple for, sixth government vessels, and sent to the royal rhino, jade belt, pearl jewelry, rare bird, sweet tea, kam yee, wine, fruit and so on, and with fathers since the treasure bead jade”, etc., are all converted into silver and gold, finally to three feet, just search of the golden, silver five hundred and two thousand to eight million and two thousand.
In a time when wealth was scarce, the actual reparations paid amounted to a staggering 800,000 ounces of gold, 20 million ounces of silver, 7,000 horses, and 10 million taffetas.
Think of the whole human world in the 12th century, the cumulative amount of gold mined was no more than 6,000 tons, and the total amount of silver was no more than 20,000 tons. In the case of the siege of Bianjing, it was physically impossible to demand immediate payment of gold and silver.
Nomads from according to the requirements, the insufficient part in bonded with woman, slightly feminine beauty of woman, bian city town were KaiFengFu capture to Jin Ying, the palace maids, song ji, dancer, and even gold, also had to be sent to offset the debt – the damages as a result, half of the city young women were Jin Guoren away and the bian city never see horses and most people even did not even have to wear normal clothes.
Devastated by such reparations and stimulated by such great wealth, only a year later the Golden soldiers came again, this time proposing an even more absurd 10 million taels of gold and 250 million taels of silver. It was impossible for the Northern Song to raise so much money, so the two emperors and all their concubines were taken away by the jin as slaves.
By contrast, China’s previous war reparations in the late Qing dynasty fell far short of such absurdisms-the 235m taels of silver in the Treaty of Shimonoseun and the 450m taels of Silver in the Treaty of Sin-Chum represented a tiny proportion of the total amount of gold and silver in existence at the time (around 1900, there were about 300,000 tonnes of silver in the world).
In human history, comparable to the total war reparations paid by the Northern Song dynasty to the Jin Dynasty, Germany was required to pay war reparations under the Treaty of Versailles after The First World War, which was also the largest war reparations since mankind entered the industrial society.
According to the Versailles, the germans have to pay a total of 269 billion gold marks the first world war reparations, of which 226 billion were the principal, the other for interest, points 42 years to pay off – was equivalent to 2790 gold marks of 1 kg of gold, 269 billion gold marks, the equivalent of 96400 tons of gold, and in 1920, the world only gold for only 40000 tonnes.
The Allies, however, knew that the Germans would not be able to pay that much, so in 1921 the war reparations were reduced to 132 billion deutsche Marks, to be paid in 66 years. The German Parliament eventually voted to approve the plan, and in 1929 it was further reduced to 112 billion Deutsche Marks.
Even that is more than the Germans can afford to pay.
In 1933, after Hitler came to power, Germany refused to pay all the reparations. By then, Germany had paid only about an eighth of the world War I reparations.
However, this debt did not disappear, after the defeat of the Second World War, Germany was new debt and old debt counted together.1953 West German Chancellor Gerhard Adenauer agreed to continue paying outstanding pre-war World War I reparations at the London Debt Negotiations.It was not until 3 October 2010 that Germany paid off its last debt of 69.95 million euros, ending reparations for the first World War.
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