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Women in early China: swimming to foot-binding

By |2018-05-07T14:31:34+00:00June 6th, 2017|China, People|

Early Chinese women: A Chinese woman playing polo (T'ang Dynasty, 700s AD) China has always been influenced by the cultures to its south - India and Southeast Asia - where women have little power, status, or freedom. But China has also been influenced by the cultures to its north and west in Central [...]

Ming Dynasty – Later history of China

By |2018-04-18T09:54:10+00:00June 4th, 2017|China, History|

Brush rest showing five great mountains of Taoism, but with Arabic writing (Ming Dynasty) In 1505 AD, the Ming Dynasty emperor Zhengde succeeded his father as the emperor of China. Zhengde was only thirteen years old when his father died, and older men did most of the ruling. These men continued to build connections [...]

Manchu to Mao – Quick history of China

By |2018-04-18T09:54:06+00:00June 4th, 2017|China, History|

Ming Dynasty porcelain pitcher Early modern Chinese history starts with the Ming Dynasty, about 1500 AD. The Ming Dynasty was very powerful, with a big army and a big navy and a lot of land. When European traders began to sail directly to China with huge amounts of silver from South America, the [...]

Empress Cixi – Qing Dynasty China (the 1800s)

By |2018-04-18T09:53:22+00:00June 4th, 2017|China, History|

Empress Dowager Cixi When the Xianfeng Emperor of the Qing Dynasty in China died in 1861 AD, his only son was only five years old. People called him the Tongzhi Emperor, but Tongzhi's mother, the Empress Cixi, who was 27 years old, was really the ruler. Just as with the Mughals in India [...]

Who were the Jurchen? History of Central Asia

By |2018-09-24T08:47:40+00:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, History|

Jurchen history: A pottery vase from the Jin Dynasty, ca. 1200 AD (Musee Guimet, Paris) Where did the Jurchen come from? Unlike most of the people living in north Asia, the Jurchen did not speak a Turkic or Altaic language. Their language was not related to the other Asian languages. The Jurchen probably [...]

Who were the Manchu? Central Asian History

By |2017-05-30T17:39:17+00:00May 30th, 2017|Central Asia, History|

The Manchu leader Nurhaci (1600s AD) The Manchu people were descended from the Jurchens. They spoke a language probably closely related to Turkic and Mongolian. When the Turkic and Mongolian people slowly took over most of Asia, eastern Europe, and North Africa from the Indo-Europeans in the course of the 1200s to the 1600s [...]

The Silk Road to the Great Game – Central Asian History

By |2017-05-30T17:31:17+00:00May 30th, 2017|Central Asia, History|

A melon stall in Central Asia After Tamerlane died in 1405, his Altaic people kept on ruling Central Asia, but not as one big empire. There were lots of little countries all across Central Asia. These countries did well at first, but the collapse of the Mongol Empire soon brought sad changes to [...]