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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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    #185 - Special: De Materia Medica

    #185 - Special: De Materia Medica

    Traditional Chinese Medicine - as its name duly implies - has been a part of China for at least 2,500 years. But what does it mean? Where does it come from? How does it work? And does it have a place it modern society? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 32 min
    #184 - Yuan 7: Mark It Zero

    #184 - Yuan 7: Mark It Zero

    Khubilai Khan has led a pretty blessed existence as of the year 1279. But fate has a way of balancing things out in starkly brutal fashion...


    Time Period Covered:
    ~1279-1287 CE


    Major Historical Figures:
    Yuan Dynasty:
    Emperor Khubilai
    Empress Chabi (d. 1281)
    Crown Prince Zhenjin (1242-1285)
    Prince Toghon, Prince of Suppression of the South
    Finance Minister Ahmad Fanakati (d. 1282)
    Finance Minister Lu Shijing (d. 1285)
    Admiral Hong Tau
    General Fan Wenhu
    General Xindu
    General Nasir al-Din
    Commander Sodu (d. 1285)
    Commander Arigh Khaya


    Japanese Shogunate:
    Hojo Tokimune, Regent of the Shogun


    Kingdom of Pagan:
    King Narathihapate


    Kingdom of Champa:
    King Jaya Indravarman VI


    Kingdom of Dai-Viet:
    Emperor Tran Than-Tong For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 38 min
    #183 - Yuan 6: Cultural Hot-Pot for the Soul

    #183 - Yuan 6: Cultural Hot-Pot for the Soul

    Khubilai Khan is a man astride multiple worlds - trying to be both the Khan of the Great Mongol Nation, and the Emperor of the Yuan Dynasty. This will take quite a bit of accommodation, and between Mongolian shamanism, Chinese Confucianism, Buddhism, Daoism, Islam, and Christianity... more than a little behaving like a cultural chameleon to square those civilizational circles. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 37 min
    #182 - Mongol 12.1: The Golden Horde

    #182 - Mongol 12.1: The Golden Horde

    Jochi was tasked with subduing the Cuman tribes of the western steppes. Jochi failed. Now, under the second Great Khan Ögedei, it will fall to his successor, Batu, Khan of the Golden Horde, to finish what his father could not. He won't be going alone, though. In addition to his invincible tumens, he'll bring with him a host of imperial princes, as well as the greatest commander to ever mount a steed - Subotai the Valiant, now returns to the Western expanses to finish what he began 15 years ago...


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    Time Period Covered:
    ca. 1235-1240 CE


    Major Historical Figures:
    Mongol Khanate:
    Ögedei Khaghan (1186-1241)
    Subotai Ba'atuur, The Last Orlok (ca. 1176-1248)
    General Uriyangkhadai (1201-1272)


    House Ogedeid:
    Guyuk (1206-1248)
    Khadan (?)
    Khaidu (c. 1230-1301)


    House Jochi (Golden Horde):
    Batu Khan (ca. 1205-1255)


    House Tolui:
    Möngke (1209-1259)
    Bujek (?)


    House Chagatai:
    Baidar(?)
    Buri (d. 1252)


    Kipchak-Cuman Confederacy:
    Bachman Khan (d. 1237)
    Khoten Khan (d. 1241)


    Russian Principalities:
    Grand Prince Yuri II of Vladimir (1188-1238)
    Prince Roman of Vladimir (d. 1238)
    Prince Michael of Chernigov (1179-1246)
    Dmitri, Voivode of Kiev (?)


    Kingdom of Hungary:
    King Béla IV (1206-1270) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 48 min
    #181 - Special: 6th Anniversary Q&A

    #181 - Special: 6th Anniversary Q&A

    It's finally time to give holiday thanks and - of course - submit myself before the high inquisitors pelting me with questions day and night!


    Topics this year ranged far and wide:
    1. How wide-ranging was Genghis Khan's last command in Western Xia?
    2. How do I keep my loud mouth out of trouble with the PRC?
    3. How "good" were the good times of dynasties for the normies?
    4. Which Khan has got it goin' on?
    5. Were there plagues in ancient China? How were they dealt with?
    6. Did the Mongols trigger anti-foreign conservatism in the Ming?
    7. Where should we divide "Chinese" history from "non-Chinese" history?
    8. Just how incompetent was the Song Dynasty?
    9. Why does THoC be like it do?
    10. How did the Mongols relay orders over long distances before writing?
    11. How much was opium to blame versus other factors in the decline and fall of the Qing Dynasty? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 43 min
    #180 - Yuan 5: Dismounting the Horse to Sit the Dragon

    #180 - Yuan 5: Dismounting the Horse to Sit the Dragon

    While his armies have been keeping busy in every direction on both offense and defense, Emperor Khubilai had been hard at work re-organizing the mess his family made in China and reformatting it into a stable, lawful Yuan Dynasty. And Grandpa Genghis was right: it's was a *lot* more work to run an empire, than to conquer one...


    Period Covered:
    ca. 1261-1290 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 40 min

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