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Where do almonds come from? West Asian food

By |2018-04-16T12:29:37+00:00June 20th, 2017|Food|

Almonds drying after harvest (Southern Spain) Wild almonds are related to peaches and apples. Almonds probably evolved about the same time, around five million years ago. Like peach trees and apple trees, almond trees made cyanide poison. That kept sheep and goats and rabbits from eating their fruit. Peach trees grew in East Asia (China), [...]

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 [...]

Women in China – History – 1500 to the present

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

Empress Xiaozhuang In the 1600s AD, most women in China still suffered from oppression, as they had in antiquity and the Middle Ages. They couldn't own land, and they had to live with their husbands' families and were frequently abused. All Chinese girls except the very poorest were forced to bind their feet. [...]

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 [...]

Qianlong Emperor – Qing Dynasty China

By |2018-05-17T11:25:12+00:00June 4th, 2017|China, History|

Qianlong Emperor wearing his armor (ca. 1750 AD) Qing Dynasty in the 1700s AD The Qing Dynasty continued to rule strongly until near the end of the 1700s AD. In 1735, the Yongsheng Emperor died and his son, the 24-year-old Qianlong Emperor, took power. Like his father and grandfather, the Qianlong Emperor kept [...]

Qing Dynasty China – History of China – 1600s-1700s

By |2018-04-18T09:54:09+00:00June 4th, 2017|China, History|

Empress Xiaozhuang In 1644 AD, the Jurchen or Manchu people of Central Asia invaded China and got rid of the Ming Dynasty. The Manchu leaders took over ruling China. They called themselves the Qing Dynasty. The first ruler of the Qing Dynasty was just like the last Ming emperors, a child called Fulin who [...]

Opium Wars – History of China (1800s)

By |2018-05-17T13:34:33+00:00June 4th, 2017|China, History|

Opium Wars: Men smoking opium in China (late 1800s) Walpole and the Opium Wars In the late 1700s AD, the British prime minister Robert Walpole wanted to try to get more control of China. The British Empire was taking over India and Africa and Australia and they wanted China too. (More about Robert [...]

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 [...]