From Yao to Mao, 5000 Years of Chinese History, the Great Courses

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Synopsis: For most of its 5,000-year existence, China has been the largest, most populous, wealthiest, and mightiest nation on Earth. And for us as Westerners, it is essential to understand where China has been in order to anticipate its future. These 36 eye-opening lectures deliver a comprehensive political and historical overview of one of the most fascinating and complex countries in world history. You'll learn about the powerful dynasties that ruled China for centuries; the philosophical and religious foundations-particularly Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism-that have influenced every iteration of Chinese thought, and the larger-than-life personalities, from both inside and outside its borders, of those who have shaped China's history. As you listen to these lectures, you'll see how China's politics, economics, and art reflect the forces of its past. From the "Mandate of Heaven," a theory of social contract in place by 1500 B.C.E., 3,000 years before Western philosophers such as Thomas Hobbes and John Locke, to the development of agriculture and writing independent of outside influence to the technologically - advanced Han Dynasty during the time of the Roman Empire, this course takes you on a journey across ground that has been largely unexplored in the history courses most of us in the West have taken. In guiding you through the five millennia of China's history, Professor Hammond tells a fascinating story with an immense scope, a welcome reminder that China is no stranger to that stage and, indeed, has more often than not been the most extraordinary player on it.

Product Description: 36 Lectures 1 Geography and Archaeology 2 The First Dynasties 3 The Zhou Conquest 4 Fragmentation and Social Change 5 Confucianism and Daoism 6 The Hundred Schools 7 The Early Han Dynasty 8 Later Han and the Three Kingdoms 9 Buddhism 10 Northern and Southern Dynasties 11 Sui Reunification and the Rise of the Tang 12 The Early Tang Dynasty 13 Han Yu and the Late Tang 14 Five Dynasties and the Song Founding 15 Intellectual Ferment in the 11th Century 16 Art and the Way 17 Conquest States in the North 18 Economy and Society in Southern Song 19 Zhu Xi and Neo-Confucianism 20 The Rise of the Mongols 21 The Yuan Dynasty 22 The Rise of the Ming 23 The Ming Golden Age 24 Gridlock and Crisis 25 The Rise of the Manchus 26 Kangxi to Qianlong 27 The Coming of the West 28 Threats from Within and Without 29 The Taiping Heavenly Kingdom 30 Efforts at Reform 31 The Fall of the Empire 32 The New Culture Movement and May 4th 33 The Chinese Communists, 1921-1937 34 War and Revolution 35 China Under Mao 36 China and the World in a New Century

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