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Chinese Science History – Ming and Qing Dynasties

By |2018-04-18T09:54:11+00:00June 4th, 2017|China, Science|

During the Ming Dynasty, not many scientists were working in China; most people who wanted to do science moved west to the big universities of Central Asia. But when Jesuit missionaries from Europe brought newly invented telescopes to China in 1615 AD, Chinese astronomers were just as excited about it as the Western astronomers had [...]

Later Chinese Literature – Ming and Qing Dynasties

By |2018-04-18T09:54:12+00:00June 4th, 2017|China, Literature|

During the Ming Dynasty in the 1500s and 1600s AD, the strongest influence on Chinese literature came from Central Asia, where the world's great universities and libraries were then located. Chinese novelists reinterpreted the stories they heard from the Shahnamehand other Central Asian sources, and made them more Chinese. This was the high point of [...]

Republic of China – Chinese History – 1900s

By |2018-04-18T09:54:11+00:00June 4th, 2017|China, History|

Empress Longyu Empress Cixi of the Qing Dynasty in China died in 1908 AD, and her niece, Empress Longyu, took power. Longyu had been married to the Guangxu Emperor, but he was also dead, and they had no sons, so Longyu ruled in the name of her nephew Puyi. But everyone knew the [...]