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I have limited knowledge on western history, however, my limited western knowledge may help you to understand China history.|
I have to say it is pitty that many civilizations are disappearing, include the ones you mentioned, the minorities in remote areas in China. Actually we should say in any corner of the world, many civilizations are disappearing.
So, blaming other civilizations? You can do that, but it may not be a wise thing to do.
When Greece and Rome created glory civilizations, other part of Europ was still nomadic tribes, or not even normadic -- swing on trees. Creek and Roman invaded them and they invaded Greek and Roman, of course they killed each other. However, the saverges (sorry for using this word) learnt the civilizations from Greece and Rome, and they became civilized, and then they developped European civilization.
Greek and Roman were guilty? They eliminated so many forrest cultures? No one would say so.
The history in China was some kind of similar -- normadic tribes invaded China, China invaded them, and they became part of China culture. Some other tribals were became part of China and China culture by assimilation, not by wars.
Most of the minorities in China became part of China and China culture from Han dynasty, by wars and by culture assimilation. "Chinese" is not an ethnic concept, is a culture concept, this is the differenct part from European history.
It is true that many minorities in SW China are closer to SE Asian than to Chinese ethnically, then what? I am much closer to Mongolian than to the Chinese in central China ethnically, then I should be a Mongolian or Russian? Or someone should feel guilty to me?
I don't think the word of "unification" contains anything other than unification. IF you know China history in more detail, you should find that when China became weak, separated, the people were suffering; when China unified, the people enjoyed much better life. It was a common understanding in China history, the ones who separated the country, is for his personal power, will, and wealth, and people suferred from the separation.
Your understanding on unification could be correct on other part of the world, but not applicable to China.