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A journey through the 5000 years of history documented by one of the world's oldest continuous civilizations. For all the episodes for free, as well as additional content, please subscribe and/or visit http://thehistoryofchina.wordpress.com .
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The History of China Chris Stewart

    • History
    • 4.7 • 889 Ratings

A journey through the 5000 years of history documented by one of the world's oldest continuous civilizations. For all the episodes for free, as well as additional content, please subscribe and/or visit http://thehistoryofchina.wordpress.com .
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    #1 - Origins 1: The Mythical Origins Of The Middle Kingdom

    #1 - Origins 1: The Mythical Origins Of The Middle Kingdom

    In episode 1, we begin with an introduction to this podcast, followed by a brief overview of what we’ve come to know about early human migration and settlement in the region that will eventually become China. Finally, we’ll delve into the mythological origin story that purports to tell of the three divine Sovereigns who would create and then rule over the Han people. I’m very excited to be getting this journey underway! Once again welcome, and thank you for listening. UPDATE: As of 08/28/2016, this episode has been completely rebooted from the ground-up. Enjoy!
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    • 29 min
    #2 - Origins 2: Five Emperors, Twelve Islands

    #2 - Origins 2: Five Emperors, Twelve Islands

    This episode, we enter the second half of our gaze into the Chinese origins mythos. Focusing on the Five Emperors descended from the Yellow Emperor, this period marks the beginning of the transformation of the Huaxia People from settled tribe, to dynastic feudal kingdom. There will be betrayal, cataclysmic flooding, bird kingdoms, the Vietnamese, magical earth, and – of course – dragons.
    UPDATE: as of 08/28/2016, this episode has been fully rebooted from the ground up. Enjoy!
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    • 27 min
    #3 - Xia 1: The Xia, China's First Dynasty

    #3 - Xia 1: The Xia, China's First Dynasty

    This week we move into the beginnings of China’s dynastic period where rulers began favoring birthright over merit – and the consequences will be almost immediately apparent. Beginning with the triumphant reign of the heroic Yu the Great, the Xia’s semi-accidental trip into dynastic succession will swiftly spiral downward, eventually leaving a usurping general in power, and the House of Xia all but exterminated after decades in exile. Rebooted as of 09/06/2016
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    • 26 min
    #4 - Xia 2: Revenge of the Xia!

    #4 - Xia 2: Revenge of the Xia!

    This time, we take an in depth look into Shao Kang, the prince born in hiding who would rise from his dynasty's ashes to seek revenge against the Usurper-General Han Zhuo who had ruthlessly pursued him. Through a combination of skill, luck, and patience, Shao Kang will cobble together a force able to meet Han Zhuo's armies in battle.
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    • 20 min
    #5 - Xia 3: The Fall Of The House Of Xia

    #5 - Xia 3: The Fall Of The House Of Xia

    This episode we cover our source materials, and then delve into the latter half of the Xia Dynasty post Shao Kang's restoration. It all ends with the corrupt and cruel Emperor Jie coming face to face with the Army of Shang bearing down on him, intent on ending his reign of terror once and for all.
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    • 28 min
    #6 - Shang 1: Them Bones, Them Bones, Them Oracle Bones

    #6 - Shang 1: Them Bones, Them Bones, Them Oracle Bones

    We take a "time out" from our forward-marching chronology to examine the evidence we have of the Shang state, and how we came to know what we know about his period. Mostly, it's about what we can learn from reading divine messages off of dragon bones.
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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
889 Ratings

889 Ratings

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kitty_bard ,

comprehensive and interesting

Host does a really good job with this. This style makes keeps me interested.

SockMonkOfDoom ,

Best Chinese History Podcast

This podcast addresses Chinese history the best. It follows chronological order, and the host does his best to keep the messy and non-Latin name filled history understandable for English speakers, though that is obviously quite hard. This is definitely a podcast that needs accompanying maps, but it does the best I think a podcast formatted history could possibly do.

To help other English speakers:

Spelling=Sound
Q=Ch
X=Sh
Zh=J

Just the ones I’ve found most helpful in understanding place names.

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