Why the history of Babylon is important to Jewish History?

The Babylonians destroyed the First Temple and exiled the Jews.
A Jewish community numbering in (at least) hundreds of thousands lived and flourished in Babylonia for over 1500 years, with autonomy under the Exilarch and with some of the greatest of all Yeshivot and sages.
The Babylonians destroyed the First Temple and exiled the Jews.
A Jewish community numbering in (at least) hundreds of thousands lived and flourished in Babylonia for over 1500 years, with autonomy under the Exilarch and with some of the greatest of all Yeshivot and sages.