The Varangians, Cossacks, and inhabitants of Ryukyu lived in very different places and times. The Varagians were Vikings that controlled trade between Arabia, Byzantium, and Europe during the 1000s and lived on the borders of Byzantium. The Cossacks lived on Russia’s frontier and formed the core of the military. Ryukyu island became a trade hub between Japan and China before the modern era. Find out why it paid to be an outsider of an empire.
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