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A journey through the 5000 years of history documented by one of the world's oldest continuous civilizations.

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    #210 - Ming 5: The Problem With Princes

    #210 - Ming 5: The Problem With Princes

    The Hongwu Emperor enters the twilight of his life. But before he's ready to ride off into that long sunset, he's going to take a hell of a lot more people with him...


    Time Period:
    1387-1398 CE


    Major Historical FIgures:
    The Hongwu Emperor (Zhu Yuanzhang) [r. 1368-1398]
    Crown Prince Zhu Biao [1355-1392]
    Crown Prince Zhu Yunwen (The Jianwen Emperor) [1377-1402]
    Zhu Shuang, the Prince of Qin [1356-1395]
    Zhu Gang, the Prince of Jin [1358-1398]
    Zhu Di, the Prince of Yan [1360-1424]
    Zhu Su, the Prince of Zhou [1361-1425]
    General Fu Youde [1327-1394]
    General Feng Sheng [d. 1395]


    Major Sources:
    Langlois, John D., Jr. “The Hung-Wu-Reign” in The Cambridge History of China, Vol. 7: The Ming Dynasty, 13698-1644m Part I.
    Robinson, David M. In the Shadow of the Mongol Empire: Ming China and Eurasia.
    Sun, Bing. “The burial system of imperial concubines in the Ming Dynasty and the ‘ancestral system’ of the Ming Dynasty.”
     
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    #209-Mongol 17.1: Rivers of Ink & Blood

    #209-Mongol 17.1: Rivers of Ink & Blood

    (NOTE: This is Pt. 1 or 2. The Full Episode & all other bonus content is available via Patreon.com/thehistoryofchina)


    Mongke has ascended as the Great Khan of the Mongols and set loose his younger brother, Hulegu Ilkhan to bring the Islamic world to heel. The Caliph of the Abbasid Dynasty, al-Mustasim, sits ensconced in his citadel city of Baghdad - the jewel of Islam - and believes that Allah above and his loyal subjects beneath will be more than a match for barbarian hordes.


    He's about to learn a lesson neither he - nor the world - will ever forget...


    Time Period Covered:
    1258-1259 CE


    Major Historical Figures:
    Mongol Empire:
    Hülegü Ilkhan [ca. 1215-1265]
    General Kitbukha [d. 1260]
    General Baiju [1201-1260]


    Abbasid Caliphate:
    al-Musta’sim-Billah Abu-Ahmad Abdullah bin al-Mustansir 
    Billah, 37th Caliph [1213-1258]
    Governor Shahab al Din Sulaiman shah [d. 1258]
    Vizier Ibn al Alkami [1197-1258]


    Major Sources Cited:
    Al-Din, Rashid. Jami al Tararikh (Compendium of Histories).
    Al-Din, Rashid (tr. John Andrew Boyle). The Successors of Genghis Khan.
    Chugtai, Mizra Azeem Baig. “The Fall of Baghdad” in The Annal of Urdu Studies.
    Daftary, Farhad. The Isma’ilis: Their History and Doctrines.
    Hillenbrand, Robert. “Propaganda in the Mongol ‘World History’” in British Academy Review, issue 17 (March 2011).
    Hodgson, M. G. S. “The Isma’ili State” in The Cambridge History of Iran, Vol. 5: The Saljuq and Mongol Periods.
    Jamal, Nadia Eboo. Surviving the Mongols: Nizari Quhistani and the Continuity of Ismaili Tradition in Persia.
    Marozzi, Justin. Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood.
    Paris, Matthew of (tr. John Allen Giles). Chronica Majora (Matthew Paris’s English History From the Year 1235 to 1273, Volume 1).
    Saunders, J.J. The History of the Mongol Conquests.
    van Ruysbroeck, Willem (tr. W. W. Rockhill & Peter Jackson). The journey of William of Rubruck to the eastern parts of the world, 1253-55, as narrated by himself, with two accounts of the earlier journey of John of Pian del Carpine.
    Wiet, Gaston. Baghdad: Metropolis of the Abbasid Caliphate.
     
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    #208 - Ming 4: To Pick at the Dragon's Scales

    #208 - Ming 4: To Pick at the Dragon's Scales

    To both the north and south, the armies of Great Ming continue to achieve order from chaos and stability across the realm, in the imperial palace at Nanjing, the Hongwu Emperor sits the Dragon Throne - as mercurial and temperamental as its very namesake... and woe betide anyone who stokes the dragon's wrath. Still, in the name of greater peace (and fewer mass slaughters), many a brave (and often fatally foolish)scholar will tempt fate by trying to tell Hongwu what he's doing wrong.


    Time Period Covered:
    1379-1389 CE


    Major Historical Figures:
    Ming:
    The Hongwu Emperor (Zhu Yuanzhang) [r.1368-1398]
    Duke Li Wenzhong [d. 1384]
    General Fu Youde [d. 1394]
    General Feng Sheng [?]
    General Lan Yu [d. 1393]
    General Mu Ying [d. 1392]
    Scholar Chen Wenhui [d. 1381]
    Scholar Li Shilu [d. 1381]
    Scholar Xie Jin [1369-1415]


    Yuan/Yunnanese:
    Toghus Temür Khan [d. 1388]
    Basalawarmi, the Prince of Liang [d. 1382]
    General Naghachu [d. 1388]
    Si Lunfa, Chieftain of Shan [d. 1386?]


    Major Works Cited:
    Crossley, Pamela Kyle, et al. Empire at the Margins: Culture, Ethnicity and Frontier in Early Modern China.
    Dillon, Michael. China’s Muslim Hui Community: Migration, Settlements and Sects.
    Langlois, John D., Jr. “The Hung-Wu-Reign” in The Cambridge History of China, Vol. 7: The Ming Dynasty, 13698-1644m Part I.
    Tsai, Shi-shan Henry. The Eunuchs in the Ming Dynasty.g.
     
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    #207 - Mongol 16: Assassin's Creed

    #207 - Mongol 16: Assassin's Creed

    Following the destruction of the Khwarazmian Empire in 1221, the Mongol Empire's appetite for conquest to the west is whetted. It will take a few Great Khans to kick it off, but with the accession of Möngke to the throne in 1251, the way will be laid bare - to be led by his brother Hülegü Khan.
    The only thing standing between him and the beating heart of Islam is a ragged band of heretics scattered across the mountain fortresses of northern Persia - a group known as the Nizari Isma'ili... or more infamously: the Assassins.


    Time Period Covered:
    765-1257 CE


    Major Historical Figures:
    Mongol Empire:
    Möngke Khaghan [r. 1251-1259]
    Hülegü Ilkhan [r. 1251-1265]
    General Ket-Buqa (Noyan) [d. 1260]


    Nizari Isma'ili:
    Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq [702-765]
    Hassan-i Sabbah [1050-1124]
    Imam Jalal al-Din Hassan [1187-1221]
    Imam Ala al-Din Muhammad III [1211-1255]
    Imam Rukn al-Din Khurshah [1230-1256]


    Other:
    Brother Matthew of Paris [1200-1259]
    Friar William of Rubruck [1220-1293]
    Ata-Malik Juvayni [1226-1283]
    Rashid al-Din Hamadani [1247-1318]


    Major Sources Cited:
    Al-Din, Rashid (tr. John Andrew Boyle). The Successors of Genghis Khan.
    Daftary, Farhad. The Isma’ilis: Their History and Doctrines.
    Hillenbrand, Robert. “Propaganda in the Mongol ‘World History’” in British Academy Review, issue 17 (March 2011).
    Hodgson, M. G. S. “The Isma’ili State” in The Cambridge History of Iran, Vol. 5: The Saljuq and Mongol Periods.
    Jamal, Nadia Eboo. Surviving the Mongols: Nizari Quhistani and the Continuity of Ismaili Tradition in Persia.
    Marozzi, Justin. Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood.
    Paris, Matthew of (tr. John Allen Giles). Chronica Majora (Matthew Paris’s English History From the Year 1235 to 1273, Volume 1).
    Saunders, J.J. The History of the Mongol Conquests.
    van Ruysbroeck, Willem (tr. W. W. Rockhill & Peter Jackson). The journey of William of Rubruck to the eastern parts of the world, 1253-55, as narrated by himself, with two accounts of the earlier journey of John of Pian del Carpine.
     
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    #206 - Ming 3: I Think I'm Paranoid

    #206 - Ming 3: I Think I'm Paranoid

    The founder of the Ming Dynasty, Zhu Yuanzhang, the Hongwu Emperor... has got a bit of a trust problem. It starts with him getting upset that his officials are "cutting corners" when it comes to official counts of tribute payments & the stamped documents verifying them. But it quickly spirals into full-blown paranoia that absolutely everyone is out to get them, and the only was he knows how to confront this problem is by getting all of his "enemies" first.


    Time Period Covered:
    ca. 1373-1382 CE


    Major Historical Figures:
    The Hongwu Emperor (Zhu Yuanzhang) [r. 1368-1398]
    Crown Prince Zhu Biao [1355-1392]
    Zhu Shuang, Prince Min of Qin [1356-1395]
    Zhu Gang, Prince Gong of Jin [1358-1398]
    Zhu Di, Prince of Yan [1360-1424]
    Chancellor Hu Weiyong [d. 1380]
    Gao Qi [1334-1374]
    Prefect Ye Boju [d. 1376]
    Academician Zheng Shili [d. 1376]


    Sources Cited:
    Brook, Timothy. The Confusions of Pleasure: Commerce and Culture in Ming China.
    Langlois, John D., Jr. “The Hung-Wu-Reign” in The Cambridge History of China, Vol. 7: The Ming Dynasty, 13698-1644m Part I.
    Laozi. Dao De Jing.
    Luo, Yuming. A Concise History of Chinese Literature.
    Strassberg, Richard E. Inscribed Landscapes: Travel Writing from Imperial China.
     
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    #205 - Hangzhou: A City by the Bay

    #205 - Hangzhou: A City by the Bay

    You might not be able to go on a real holiday - but today we take a little audio trip to the city of Hangzhou, Zhejiang... famed across the millennia for its beautiful bay, canals, and the famous West Lake.


    This is no ordinary tourist get-away, though, because we'll be skipping across time, looking at the highlights of its early history.


    Time Period Covered:
    ca. 5,000 BCE- ca. 960 CE


    Major Sources:
    Cotterell, Arthur. The Imperial Capitals of China – An Inside View of the Celestial Empire.
    Giles, Lionel (tr.) Sun Tzu’s The Art of War.
    Loewe, Michael and Edward L. Shaughnessey. The Cambridge History of Ancient China.
    Mote, F.W. Imperial China.(900-1800).
    Rossabi, Morris. China Among Equals: the Middle Kingdom and its Neighbors, 10th-14th centuries.
    Schmidt, J. D. Within the Human Realm: The Poetry of Huang Zunxian, 1848-1905.
    Yan, Zi. Famous Temples in China.
     
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