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Eastern Hemisphere at the beginning of the 8th Century.
Eastern Hemisphere at the end of the 8th century AD.

The 8th century is the period from 701 to 800 in accordance with the Julian calendar in the Christian/Common Era.


During this century, the Middle East, the coast of North Africa and the Iberian Peninsulamarker rapidly come under Islamic Arab domination. The westward expansion of the Arab Empire is famously halted at the Siege of Constantinople by the Bulgarians and the Battle of Tours by the Franks. The tide of Arab conquest came to an end in the middle of the 8th century. Late in the century the Vikings, seafaring peoples from Scandinavia, begin raiding the coasts of Europe and the Mediterraneanmarker, and go on to found several important kingdom.

The Pala Empire is founded in Bengalmarker. Chinesemarker Emperor Xuanzong brings the Tang Dynasty to its pinnacle. Nara period in Japanmarker.


Borobudur from a distance

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Inventions, discoveries, introductions

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