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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]