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#243 - Ming 29: Ahh, Curse Your Sudden But Inevitable Betrayal!

Great Ming has a pirate problem on its hands. Unable to effectively suppress it militarily, the officials in charge turn to wheeling and dealing to get the seabooters to give up their outlaw ways. But when the Jiajing Emperor starts sticking his nose in to such affairs from way up in Beijing, suddenly all bets are off... Time Period Covered: 1549-1567 CE Major Historical Figures: Ming: The Jiajing Emperor (Zhu Houcong) [r. 1521-1567] Grand Chancellor Yan Song [1480-1567] Nanjing Minister of War Zhang Jing [d. 1555] Censor Zhao Wenhua [d. 1557] Censor Hu Zongxian [1512-1565] Commander Yu Dayou [1512-1579] Commander Qi Zhiguang [1528-1588] Pirates: Wang Zhi, CEO of the High Seas [d. 1559] Captain Xu Hai [d. 1556] Lord Shimazi of Osumi Province Works Cited: Andrade, Tonio and Xing Hang. ?Introduction: The East Asian Maritime Realm in Global History: 1500-1700? in Sea Rovers, Silver, and Samurai: Maritime East Asia in Global History, 1500-1700. Chin, James K. ?Merchants, Smugglers, and Pirates: Multinational Clandestine Trade on the South China Coast, 1520-50? in Elusive pirates, pervasive smugglers: violence and clandestine trade in the Greater China Seas. Geiss, James. ?The Chia-ching reign, 1522-1566? in The Cambridge History of China, Vol. 7: The Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644, Part I. Laver, Michael. ?Neither Here nor There: Trade, Piracy, and the ?Space Between? in Early Modern East Asia? in Sea Rovers, Silver, and Samurai: Maritime East Asia in Global History, 1500-1700. Petrucci, Maria Grazia. ?Pirates, Gunpowder, and Christianity in Late Sixteenth-Century Japan? in Elusive pirates, pervasive smugglers: violence and clandestine trade in the Greater China Seas. Wills, John E. ?Maritime China from Wang Chih to Shih Lang: Themes In Peripheral History? in From Ming to Ch?ing: Conquest, Region, and Continuity in Seventeenth-Century China. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-11-05
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Strange Tales VII.2 - The Facts In the Case of M. Valdemar

A man of science and his subject conduct one final experiment in an attempt to stave off death itself... by. Edgar Allen Poe Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-10-25
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Shanghai Lockdown Update - 10/14/2022 - "The Banner Man vs. The Ban Hammer"

As I am once again locked in at home, things are getting rather touchy on a bridge in Beijing, as well as online, threatening to spoil the Party's Big Party... All due credit to Samuel Wade for excellent episode name idea Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-10-14
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#242 - Strange Tales VII: The Lighter Side of the Other Side

Not all ghosts are scary! Some just want to be loved... some just want to write poems... 1:10 - Twenty Years a Dream 20:33 - A Fox Spirit Takes Off the Mask 25:32 - The Fire That Burst Into Flames Far From Where It was Set 29:08 - Yellow Leaf Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-10-09
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Strange Tales VII.1: The Cremation of Sam McGee

 The Cremation of Sam McGee By: Robert W. Service (1907) There are strange things done in the Midnight Sun By the men who moil for gold. The Arctic trails have their secret tales That would make your blood run cold... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-10-04
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Update: Network Change - Airwave

Someone has to be there to switch the projectors at the exact moment that one reel ends and the next one begins. If you look for it, you can see these little dots come into the upper right-hand corner of the screen. In the industry, we call 'em "cigarette burns." That's the cure for a changeover. He flips the projector, the movie keeps right on going, and nobody in the audience has any idea. In which THoC begins a glorious partnership with Airwave Media. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-10-04
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#241 - Ming 28: Wokou! Wokou! A Pirate's Life For Me!

We're rascals and scoundrels, we're villains and knaves. We're devils and black sheep, we're really bad eggs. We're beggars and blighters and ne'er do-well cads, Aye, but we're loved by our mommies and dads, Stand up me hearties, yo ho! Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me! Time Period Covered: ca. 1521-1550 CE Sources Cited: Andrade, Tonio and Xing Hang. ?Introduction: The East Asian Maritime Realm in Global History: 1500-1700? in Sea Rovers, Silver, and Samurai: Maritime East Asia in Global History, 1500-1700. Chin, James K. ?Merchants, Smugglers, and Pirates: Multinational Clandestine Trade on the South China Coast, 1520-50? in Elusive pirates, pervasive smugglers: violence and clandestine trade in the Greater China Seas. Geiss, James. ?The Chia-ching reign, 1522-1566? in The Cambridge History of China, Vol. 7: The Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644, Part I. Laver, Michael. ?Neither Here nor There: Trade, Piracy, and the ?Space Between? in Early Modern East Asia? in Sea Rovers, Silver, and Samurai: Maritime East Asia in Global History, 1500-1700. Petrucci, Maria Grazia. ?Pirates, Gunpowder, and Christianity in Late Sixteenth-Century Japan? in Elusive pirates, pervasive smugglers: violence and clandestine trade in the Greater China Seas. Wills, John E. ?Maritime China from Wang Chih to Shih Lang: Themes In Peripheral History? in From Ming to Ch?ing: Conquest, Region, and Continuity in Seventeenth-Century China. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-09-25
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Special - Mid-Autumn: Fly Me to the Moon

A brief history of Mid-Autumn Festival, and the tale of Hou Yi the Archer & the Ten Suns, and Chang'e & the Moon In other words, please be true In other words, I love you. Sources: Barlett, Scarlett. The Mythology Bible: The Definitive Guide to Legendary Tales. Masaka, Mori. ?Restoring the ?Epic of Hou Yi?? in Asian Folklore Studies, vol. 52, no. 5. Yang, Lihui, Demin An, and Jessica Anderson Turner. Handbook of Chinese Mythology. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-09-10
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#240 - Ming 27: The Solecism of Power

The Jiajing Emperor rounds out the back-half of his interminably long reign by hiding away in his personal palace, and only occasionally coming out to tell everyone what a terrible job they're all doing. The Mongols seize on Ming weakness to basically do whatever they want, and the Ming respond by turtling even harder and building more walls. Without a imperial guiding hand, the ministers are left to their own devices... with predictably selfish and myopic results. Time Period Covered: 1550-1567 CE Major Historical Figures: Ming Empire: The Jiajing Emperor (Zhu Houcong) [r. 1521-1567] Gen. Qiu Ruan [d. 1552] Grand Secretary Xia Yan [1482-1548] Grand Secretary Yan Song [1480-1567] Grand Secretary Xu Jie [1512-1578] Mongolia: Altan Khan [1507-1582] Prince Toghto Major Works Cited: Bacon, Francis. ?Of empire? in The essays of Francis Bacon (1908). Geiss, James. ?The Chia-ching reign, 1522-1566,? in The Cambridge History of China, Vol. 7: the Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644, Part I. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-09-09
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Shanghai Update (09/01/22): Lockdown Eternal

Let the state be small and the people few: So that the people? fearing death, will be reluctant to move great distances and, even if they have boats and carts, will not use them. So that the people? Will find their food sweet and their clothes beautiful, will be content with where they live and happy in their customs. Though adjoining states be within sight of one another and cocks crowing and dogs barking in one can be heard in the next, yet the people of one state will grow old and die without having had any dealings with those of another. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-09-01
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#239 - Ming 26: Red Lead Prescription

The Jianwen Emperor plays shell-games with his dad's spirit tablet, decides Confucius has had it too good for too long, gets gross in his pursuit for immortality, and tries breath-play with his concubines... oh yes, and fire. So, so much fire. Time Period Covered: ca. 1524-1547 CE Major Historical Figures: The Jiajing Emperor (Zhu Houcong) [r. 1521-1567] Empress Dowager Zhang [r. 1505-1541] Empress Chen [r. 1522-1528] Empress Zhang [r. 1529-1534] Empress Fang [r. 1534-1547] Confucius [551-479 BCE] Minister Xia Yan Minister Huo Tao Major Sources Cited: Works Cited: Geiss, James. ?The Chia-ching reign, 1522-1566,? in The Cambridge History of China, Vol. 7: the Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644, Part I. Huang, Weibo. ?The palace rebellion of ?Renyin? and the Jiajing Emperor?s belief in alchemy? in Xiang Chao. McMahon, Keith. Celestial Women: Imperial Wives and Concubines in China from Song to Qing. Zhang, Tingyu. History of Ming, Vol. 114, Historical Biography 2, Empresses and Concubines 2. Zhang, Yongchang. ?The ?Renyin? palace rebellion: palace women sacrifice themselves? in Quanzhou Wenxue. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-08-20
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#238 - Yuan 19.1: She-Wolf & Cub

ca. 1470-1480 CE Under the tutelage of his queen Mandukhai, Dayan Khan grows from helpless boy to leader of men, learning along the way that vengeance is a dish best served cold. Part 1 of 2 (whole version available at https://www.patreon.com/thehistoryofchina): Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-07-31
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#237 - Yuan 18: Mandukhai, Warrior Princess

The widow-queen of the Mongols, Mandukhai, seizes the reins of her own fate, entreating the spirits of sky and earth to help her in her quest to reunite her broken people and return sovereignty and glory to Mongolia. Oh, and she also marries a 7-year-old, which is a little strange, but makes sense in context. Time Period Covered: 1470~1480 CE Major Historical Figures: Mandukhai Khatun [ca. 1449-1510] Dayan Khan (Batu Mongke) [1462-1543?] Gen. Une-Bolod [?-?] Ismayil Taishi [d. 1486] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-07-11
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#236 - Yuan 17: The Golden Prince & The Warrior Queen

In the chaos that grips the steppes in the mid 15th century, anarchy reins. Though there are though who call themselves khans, they were merely figureheads controlled by their own prime ministers, the taishis. The once mighty Borjigin Clan has been bled nearly dry, and usurpers are over every hill crest. Into this world of destruction and disarray, two children are born on opposite sides of the vast Gobi. The first is one of the last members of the House of Borjigin, a boy called Bayan Möngke, who will in time become the heir to the office of Great Khan of the Mongols. The other a girl of seemingly little significance, Mandukhai, who will be given to the sitting Khan in marriage as his second queen. Time Period Covered: ca. 1448~1478 CE Major Historical Figures: Northern Yuan: Beg-Arslan Taishi Ismayil Taishi Manduul Khan, "The Old Khan" [ca. 1438-1478] Bayan Möngke Jinong, "The Golden Prince" [ca. 145?-147?] Yeke Qabar-tu Khatun, "Big Nose" [14??-14??] Mandukhai Khatun [ca. 1448-1510] General Une-Bolod [14??-14??] Siker [144?-14??] Boroghchin [ca. 14??-147?] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-06-23
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Special: A Song of Yiti & China - The History of Westeros/History of China Mash-up!

Aziz, Ashaya, Sean, and myself have a ball discussing all the things GRRM took - and didn't - from Chinese history when he "created" the mysterious empire of Yi-Ti! I had an absolute ball, and I hope you will, too!! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-06-16
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Rebroadcast: 6/4: UK Cable on Tiananmen Square Massacre

It isn't over, not really Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-06-03
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#235 - Ming 25: Some Light Treason

Great Ming is having some problems with its border troops who think orders are actually "suggestions." The Jiajing Emperor is having some problems with his ministers being self-serving twits. Meanwhile, there's some strange happenings going on beyond the wild frontiers... Time Period Covered: ~1510-1540 CE Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-06-03
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?? Lockdown Update - Day 43/04: You Can Check Out Any Time You Like

05/13/2022 "Relax," said the night man, "We are programmed to receive." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-05-13
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#234 - Ming 24: The Grand Rites Controversy

With the Zhengde Emperor dead without an heir, the succession is in question and rebellion brewing. Fortunately, Grand Secretary Yang Tinghe has planned for this and calls in his backup - the 13-year-old Prince of Xing, Zhengde's younger cousin. He'll come to power as the Jiajing Emperor... but Secretary Yang will very quickly find out that, though young, Jiajing is a spitfire who's here to play the game, not be played. Time Period Covered: 1519-1524 CE Major Historical Figures: Zhu Houcong (The Jiajing Emperor) [r. 1521-1567] Grand Secretary Yang Tinghe [1459-1529] Empress Dowager Zhang [1471-1541] Lady/Empress Dowager Jiang Major Works Cited: Geiss, James. ?The Cheng-te reign, 1506-1521? in The Cambridge History of China, Vol. 7: The Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644, Part I.? Legge, James. The Chinese Classics, Vol. III. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-04-28
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Shanghai Total Lockdown Update, Day 15/04 :?This Content Not Available?

Day 15 of 4: An overview of individual accounts of the unfolding Covid lockdown situation in Shanghai, the siege-mentality that has set in, and the struggles of day to day existence both on- and offline in a city cut off from the rest of the world. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-04-15
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#233 - Ming 23: General Zhu Shou's Ultimate Party Yacht River Cruise

There's trouble brewing in the south. A minor prince with delusions of grandeur gets a bit too big for his britches. Portuguese Pirates plunder peninsular ports before coming to call on Canton. This sounds like a job for the great General Zhu Shou, Heroic Defender of the Realm and Ultimate Party-Boat Enjoyer. Time Period Covered: ~1514-1521 CE Major Historical Figures: The Zhengde Emperor (Zhu Houzhao) [r. 1505-1521] The Prince of Ning (Zhu Chenhao) [1477-1520] Jiang Bin Qian Ning [d. 1520] Grand Secretary Fei Heng Sun Sui, Governor of Jiangxi [d. 1519] General Wang Yangming [1472-1529] General Zhu Shou, Heroic Defender of the Realm, Duke of Zhenguo [?? -??] Tomé Pires, Portuguese explorer and ambassador [c. 1465-1524? or 40?] Major Works Cited: Brook, Timothy. The Troubled Empire: China in the Yuan and Ming Dynasties. Geiss, James. ?The Cheng-te reign, 1506-1521? in The Cambridge History of China, Vol. 7: The Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644, Part I.? Keevak, Michael. Becoming Yellow: A Short History of Racial Thinking. Pires, Tomé, Armando Cortesão & Francisco Rodrigues. The Suma oriental of Tome Pires; and account of the East, from the Red Sea to China, written in Malacca and India in 1512-1515; and, The book of Franciso Rodrigues: Pilot-Major of the armada that discovered Banda and the Moluccas: rutter of a voyage in the red sea, nautical rules, almanack, vol. 1. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-04-06
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#232.5 (185 Mk. 2): Back to the Medicine Shoppe (De Materia Medica Rebroadcast+ 2022 Update))

A new update with all the new craziness 2 years on before we once again step into Ye Olde Chinese Medicine Shoppe for the tour... 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? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-03-31
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#232 - Ming 21: Animal House

The Zhengde Emperor decides that being the divine sovereign is *boring* and that being a cool war-hero would be way cooler... and... it goes weirdly better than expected. Also, he gives himself a cool nickname, and makes everyone call him that. Time Period Covered: 1510-1518 CE Major Historical Figures: The Zhengde Emperor (Zhu Houzhao) [r. 1505-1521] Jiang Bin Qian Ning Liu Yun, Eunuch Commander General Zhu Shou, Heroic Defender of the Realm [?? -??] Tibet The Prince of Rin-Sprungs [r. 1512-1544] Mongols: Dayan Khan (Batu Möngke) [r. 1479-1517] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-03-09
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#231 - Ming 20: Liu Jin & the Eight Tigers

The adolescent Zhengde Emperor sits the throne, but everyone in the know knows that it is the eunuch-lord Liu Jin who truly controls Great Ming. Not everyone's exactly thrilled with this situation, and they're gonna get Liu Jin got... or die trying. Time Period Covered: 1506-1510 CE Major Historical Figures: The Zhengde Emperor (Zhu Houzhao) [r. 1506-1521] Liu Jin, Director of the Ceremonial [1451-1510] The Prince of Anhua (Zhu Zhifan) [d. 1510] Commander Qiu Yue General Yan Yiqing Inspector-in-Chief Zhang Yong Major Works Cited: Bourgon, Jérôme, Muriel Detrie, & Regis Poulet."Execution in Canton" in Chinese Torture ? Supplices Chinois. Brook, Timothy. The Troubled Empire: China in the Yuan and Ming Dynasties. Geiss, James. ?The Cheng-te reign, 1506-1521? in The Cambridge History of China, Vol. 7: The Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644, Part I.? Meadows, Thomas Taylor. The Chinese and Their Rebellions Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-02-21
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#230 - Ming 19: A Futile & Stupid Barrier

Happy Year of the Tiger! Great Ming decides that it's going to (re-)(re-)Build a Great, Great, Great Wall...and MAKE THE MONGOLS PAY FOR IT!* (*claim disputed by Mongolia) Major Work Cited: Fairbanks, John King. China: A New History, 2nd Edition. Mote, Frederick W. ?The Ch?eng-hua and Hung-chih Reigns, 1465-1505? in The Cambridge History of China, Vol. 7: The Ming Dynasty, Part I. Waldron, Arthur. The Great Wall of China: From History to Myth. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-01-31
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#229 - Ming 18: The Raven Himself Is Hoarse

After a very rocky start in life, the Chenghua Emperor takes the throne, only to be endlessly shoved around by overbearing mother, manipulative and murderous consorts, and conniving, terrorizing eunuchs. What else would one really expect for a guy with the personality of a west dishrag? Time Period Covered: 1464-1487 CE Major Historical Figures: The Chenghua Emperor (Zhu Jianshen) [r. 1464-1487] The Hongzhi Emperor (Zhu Youcheng) [1470-1505] Noble Consort Wan Zheng'er [1430-1487] Empress Wang Empress Wu Empress Dowager Zhou Empress Dowager Qian Grand Secretary Li Xian Lady Zhi Tangmei Eunuch Zhang Min Spymaster Wang Zhi Notable Works Cited: Mote, Frederick W. ?The Ch?eng-hua and Hung-chih Reigns, 1465-1505? in The Cambridge History of China, Vol. 7: The Ming Dynasty, Part I. Li Shizhen. Bencao Ganmu (The Compendium of Materia Medica) Tsai, Shi-shan Henry. The Eunuchs of the Ming Dynasty. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-01-05
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#228 - Special: 8th Anniversary Q&A

What the only thing better than 8 years on the podwaves? 8 years & 10,000,000 downloads, THAT'S WHAT!! In this episode we talk about what the definition of "is" is, Zen masters, *yet more farming history!,* when I plan to shut up, me reading poetry in Mandarin... & then the same poem in *reconstructed Old Chinese from 2k+ yrs ago*, and divination, which includes Nazis, Princess Mononoke, pigs & fish, and fictions within fictions with fictions at the heart of the truth! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-12-20
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#227 - Ming 17: The Cao Qin Rebellion

Emperor Yingzong is back on his throne thanks to the conspirators loyal to him. Only they turn out to be not so much loyal to "him," as they are to the idea that they should have more and more power. It all culminates with yet another coup d'etat..???... Time Period Covered: 1457-1464 CE Major Historical Figures: Emperor Yingzong (Zhu Qizhen) [r. 1435-1449, 1457-1464] Crown Prince Zhu Jianshen [b. 1448] Yu Qian, Minister of War [d. 1457] Xu Yuzhen, Earl of Wugong [?] Shi Heng, Duke of Zhongguo [d. 1459] Cao Zhixiang, Director of Ceremonies [d. 1461] Grand Secretary Li Xian Imperial Guard Commander Lu Gao [d. 1461] General Cao Qin [d. 1461] General Shi Biao [?] General Sun Tang General Ma Ang General Wu Jin General Wu Cong Commander Ma Liang Commissioner Wanzhe Tuliang Vice Commissioner-in-Chief Esen Temur Works Cited: Qi, Dongfang. ?Funerary Perception and Ritual Institution of Imperial Tang? in Kaogu Xuebao (tr. Lee Yun-kuen). Robinson, David M. ?Politics, Force and Ethnicity in Ming China: Mongols and the Abortive Coup of 1461? in The Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, Vol. 59, No. 1. Stutton, Donald S. ?Death Rites and Chinese Culture: Standardization and Variation in Ming and Qing Times? in Modern China, Vol. 33, No. 1. Twitchett, Denis & Tilemann Grimm. "The Cheng-t'ung, Ching-t'ai, and T'ien-shun reigns, 1436-1464" in The Cambridge History of China, Vol. 7: The Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644, Part I. Waldron, Arthur. The Great Wall of China: From History to Myth. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-11-28
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#226 ? Ming 16: Forcing the Palace Gate

Following the events at the Tumu Fort, Emperor Yingzong takes an unscheduled sabbatical in Mongolia, the Mongol warlord Esen Taishi attempts to return something lost for a price, Beijing battens down the hatches in preparation for Genghis Khan come anew, and brotherly love reaches its breaking point. Time Period Covered: 1449-1457 CE Major Historical Figure?s: Ming Dynasty: Zhu Qizhen (Emperor Yingzong) [r. Zhengtong Era: 1435-1449, Tianshun Era: 1457-1464] Zhu Qiyu (the Jingtai Emperor) [r. 1449-1457] Crown Prince Zhu Jianshen [b. 1447] Crown Prince Zhu Jianzhi [1448-1453] Minister Xu Yuzhen Xing An, Head Imperial Eunuch Yu Qian, Minister of War [1398-1457] Northern Yuan/Oirat Mongols: Esen Taishi [1407-1455, (r. as Khaghan of N. Yuan, 1453-1455)] Toghto Bukha (Taisun Khaghan) [r. 1433-1453] Xi Ning, turncoat eunuch [d. 1450] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-11-06
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#225 - Special - Strange Tales VI: Notes From the Shadow Book

Our annual creepy charcuterie of 4 strange stories from all across Qing China, collected by Ji Yun from Beijing all the way to Urumqi. Today, we have 4 tales to send shivers down your spine: 1) "Professional Notes on the Jiangshi & Other Revenants" (begins @ 2:50) 2) "Checkpoints" (begins @ 19:44) 3) "Yeti Stones" (begins @ 28:43) 4) "Visitors From Beyond" (begins @ 34:37) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-10-19
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# 225.2 - Special - Strange Tales VI.2: The Thing On the Doorstep

"There are black zones of shadow close to our daily paths, and now and then some evil soul breaks a passage through. When that happens, the man who knows must strike before reckoning the consequences." By: H.P. Lovecraft Read By: Chris Stewart Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-10-10
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#225.1 - Special - Strange Tales VI.1: Nyarlathotep

Nyarlathotep . . . the crawling chaos . . . I am the last . . . I will tell the audient void. . . . Written By: H.P. Lovecraft Read By: Chris Stewart Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-10-05
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#224 - Ming 15: The Tumu Fiasco

A child sits the throne of Great Ming, which goes surprisingly alright? at least for a while. But when the old guard of the imperial regency starts dying off, a combination of naive youthful exuberance and pure political ambition from the power behind the throne will throw everything into chaos on the plains north of Beijing. Time Period Covered: 1435-1449 CE Major Historical Figures: Great Ming: Zhu Qizhen (Emperor Yingzong, the Zhengtong/Tianshun Emperor) [r. 1335-1449, 1457-1464] Grand Empress Dowager Chen [d. 1442] Wang Zhen, Eunuch Lord [d. 1449] Mongol Tribes: Esen, Taishi of the Oirat [d. 1455] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-10-01
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#223 - Ming 14: Maybe The Real Treasure Was The Friends We Made Along The Way

While dying emperors, shifting policies, and vindictive princes keep the capital busy, Admiral Zheng He will manage to sneak in on last joy-ride into the sunset aboard his beloved Treasure Fleet... Time Period Covered: 1424-1435 CE Major Historical Figures: The Hongxi Emperor (Zhu Gaochi) [r. 1424-1425] The Xuande Emperor (Zhu Zhanji) [r. 1425-1435] Zhu Gaoxu, the Prince of Han [1380-1426] Zhu Gaosui, the Prince of Zhao [1383-1431] Grand Admiral Zheng He [1371-1433] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-09-05
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#222 - Ming 13: Trouble In Paradise

Zheng He's Treasure Fleet finally arrives on the African coast, and the Yongle Emperor celebrates the apex of his reign with the grand opening of Beijing and the Forbidden City. But dark clouds continue to build, but in the emperor's aged, troubled mind, and literally on the horizon... a storm is coming... Time Period Covered: 1416-1424 CE Major Historical Figures: The Yongle Emperor (Zhu Di) [r. 1402-1424] The Noble Consort Zhaoxian, née Wang [d. ca. 1420] Grand Admiral Zheng He [1371-1435] Mirza Sharukh, Sultan of the Timurid Dynasty [r. 1405-1447] Major Works Cited: Chan, Hok-lam. ?The Yung-lo reign? in The Cambridge History of China, vol. 7: The Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644, Pt. I. Dreyer, Edward L. Zheng He: China and the Oceans in the Early Ming Dynasty, 1405-1433. Levathes, Louise. When China Ruled the Seas: The Treasure Fleet of the Dragon Throne, 1405-1433. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-08-21
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#221 - Mongol 18: Goliath's Fall

Having laid waste to the once glorious city of Baghdad, Hulegu Ilkhan now sets his sights east of the Euphrates, to the fertile lands of Syria and Egypt beyond. But what's to follow will set of a momentous clash in Galilee, at a spring called Ain Jalut, that will shake the very fundaments of history... Time Period Covered: 1258-1260 CE Major Historical Figures: Mongol Empire: Mongke Khaghan Khubilai Ilkhan Ariq Boke Ilkhanate: Hulegu Ilkhan General Baiju General Kitbuqa Ayyubid Dynasty: al-Muzzam Turanshah al-Malik al-Nasir Yusuf al-Aziz al-Zayn al-Hafizi Mamluks: Saif ad-Din Qutuz Baybars al Bunduqdari, "The Great Lord Panther" European Christendom: King Louis IX of France Bohemond V of Antioch Bohemond VI of Antioch King Hethum I of Cilicia Major Sources Cited: Amitai, Reuven. Mongols and Mamluks: The Mamluk Ilkhanate War, 1260-1281. Amitai, Reuven. ?An Exchange of Letters in Arabic Between Abakha Ilkhan and Sultan Baybars (A.H. 667/A.D. 1268-69)? in Central Asiatic Journal, Vol. 38, No. 1. Gillespie, Alexander. Causes of War, Volume II: 1000 CE to 1400 CE. Grousset, René. Empire of the Steppes: A history of Central Asia. Subani, Hamad. The Secret History of Iran. Richard, Jean. The Crusades, C.1071-1291. Runciman, Steven. A History of the Crusades, Volume 3, The Kingdom of Acre and the Later Crusades. Tschanz, David W. ?History?s Hinge: ?Ain Jalut? in Saudi Aramco World. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-07-30
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#220 - Ming 12: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Gift Them

The treasure Fleet goes on missions 2-4, resulting in increasingly strange, valuable, and even divine gifts being presented to Great Ming. Time Period Covered: 1407-1415 CE Major Historical Figures Ming: Yongle Emperor (Zhu Di) [r. 1402-1424] Admiral Zheng He [1371-1435] Commodore Yang Min  Ma Huan, translator & chronicler [1380-1460] Kingdom of Malacca: King Parameswara [r. 1402-1414] Major Works Cited: Chan, Hok-lam. ?The Yung-lo reign? in The Cambridge History of China, vol. 7: The Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644, Pt. I. Dreyer, Edward L. Zheng He: China and the Oceans in the Early Ming Dynasty, 1405-1433. Levathes, Louise. When China Ruled the Seas: The Treasure Fleet of the Dragon Throne, 1405-1433. Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. ?Kéramos? in Keramos and Other Poems: A Book of Sonnets, Part II. U.N. Museum. ?Nanjing pagoda ? Seven wonders of the medieval world.? www.unmuseum.org Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-07-13
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#219 - Intelligent Speech 2021: Escaping the Mongols (Or at Least Trying!)

A live retelling (wart & all) of Genghis Khan's invasion of Khwarazmia ca. 1221, and the doomed flight of all who stood against his wrath... followed by a Q&A. From the 2021 Intelligent Speech Conference! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-06-26
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The Sea Shanty of Zheng He

There once was a fleet that put to sea All in name of the Imperial Ming With phoenix sterns, & dragon prows Oh go, my baochuan, go! Soon may the Treasure Fleet moor To bring ceramics & silk galore One day, when the trading is done They?ll take our spice & go Commanded by an admiral So tall he seem unnatural His voice rang out like temple bell To get those treasures stowed Soon may the Treasure Fleet moor To bring ceramics & silk galore One day, when the trading is done They?ll take our spice & go They sailed the southern seas so vast They?d catch the wind with all nine masts Astrologers would watch the skies From Champa to Guangzhou Soon may the Treasure Fleet moor To bring ceramics & silk galore One day, when the trading is done They?ll take our spice & go But on wave-crest a Pirate Lord He spied the fleet and greedily roared ?Make ready all your cannon shot, We?ll take all their cargo!? Soon may the Treasure Fleet moor To bring ceramics & silk galore One day, when the trading is done They?ll take our spice & go Through flame and smoke they battled on Til in a flash a month was gone The Pirate Lord would taste defeat His ships sunk deep below Soon may the Treasure Fleet moor To bring ceramics & silk galore One day, when the trading is done They?ll take our spice & go At last they came to Indian shores In search of spice and jewels and more The deal was struck, with solemn vow To pay all that was owed Soon may the Treasure Fleet moor To bring ceramics & silk galore One day, when the trading is done They?ll take our spice & go But homeward bound the skies grew dim The winds did howl, their fate seemed grim The sailors prayed, ?Help us, Tianfei!? The masts began to glow Soon may the Treasure Fleet moor To bring ceramics & silk galore One day, when the trading is done They?ll take our spice & go The Goddess heard their earnest pleas She stilled the waves & calmed the breeze The sailors gave their sober thanks She?s spared them from their woe Soon may the Treasure Fleet moor To bring ceramics & silk galore One day, when the trading is done They?ll take our spice & go Soon may the Treasure Fleet moor To bring ceramics & silk galore One day, when the trading is done They?ll take our spice & go Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-06-22
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#218 - Ming 11: Soon May the Treasure Fleet Come

Zheng He & Co. have left the station and are sailing out! They leave the safety of the Yangtze River and set their compasses southbound and down, first to Fujian, then to Vietnam, Java, Sri Lanka, and finally all the way to India, all in the name of trade and riches. But the return journey will turn out to be anything but a pleasure-cruise. Between pirate raiders adn deadly storms, they might need a miracle to pull this off... Time Period Covered: 1405-1407 CE Major Historical Figures: Grand Admiral Zheng He [1371-1433/5] Chen Zuyi, Pirate Lord Extraordinaire [d. 1407] Ma Huan, Chinese Muslim translator & chronicler [1380-1460] Major Sources Cited: Chan, Hok-lam. ?The Chien-wen, Yung-lo, Hung-xi, Hsüan-te Reigns? in The Cambridge History of China, Vol. 7: The Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644, Part I. Levathes, Louise. When China Ruled the Seas: The Treasure Fleet of the Dragon Throne, 1405-1433. Pregadio, Fabrizio (2004). The Encyclopedia of Taoism. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-06-15
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05/35: Tiananmen Revisited

What does the aftermath of a massacre entail, on the world stage? CIA Memo 6/10/89 - Begins: 2:25 US Beijing Embassy Cable 7/11/89 - Begins: 6:05 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-06-03
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Rebroadcast: 6/4 UK Cable on the Tiananmen Square Massacre

In this darkest of timelines, flickers of remembrance are more precious than ever... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-06-03
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#217 - Ming 10: I'm On A Boat!

The Yongle Emperor decides it's time for Great Ming to bust out its swim trunks and its flippy-floppies... because he's going to make the biggest, bestest oceanic fleet of awesomesauce that the world has ever seen! And put in command is his trusted, tried-and-true battle-buddy: the Grand Admiral Zheng He! Time Period Covered: 1371-1405 CE Significant Historical Figures: The Yongle Emperor (Zhu Di) [r. 1402-1424] Grand Admiral Zheng He (né Ma He) [1371-1433] Tianfei, the Goddess of the Sea and Patron Protector of Sailors [eternal] Sources Cited: Chan, Hok-lam. ?The Chien-wen, Yung-lo, Hung-xi, Hsüan-te Reigns? in The Cambridge History of China, Vol. 7: The Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644, Part I. Levathes, Louise. The China Ruled the Seas:The Treasure Fleet of the Dragon Throne, 1405-1433. Paterson, Erik T. ?James Lind, Zheng He and the Prevention of Scurvy? in The Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, Vol. 20, No. 4. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-05-31
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#216.2 - Special: Wonders of the World Interview, Pt. 2 - The Forbidden City

We're back with Part 2 of my conversation with Caroline Vahrenkamp of The Wonders of the World Podcast, this tie all about the little city that Yongle built mostly to show his dead dad up - Beijing, and at its heart, the city-within-the-city, the Imperial Purple Palace - The Forbidden City! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-05-23
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#216 - Special: Interview with Caroline Vahrenkamp of The Wonders of the World Podcast, Pt. 1

Part 1 of my interview with Caroline Vahrenkamp of "The Wonders of the World Podcast" all about Beijing and it's meteoric rise as (the once and future) capital of China in the early Ming Dynasty! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-05-17
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#215 - Ming 9: The Good Times Are Killing Me

The Yongle Emperor decides to build a new capital. It goes well! He also decides to invade both Mongolia and Vietnam. It goes not so well. Time Period: 1402-1424 CE Major Historical Figures: Ming: The Yongle Emperor (Zhu Di) [r. 1402-1424] General Zhang Fu [1375-1449] Gen. Mu Sheng [1368-1439] Mongol Khanates: Bunyashiri of the Eastern Tribes [d. 1412] Mahmud of the Oirat [d. 1416] Arughtai of the Oirat [d. 1434] Dai Viet: Ho Qui Ly [1336- ca. 1407] Tran Thien-binh [d. 1406] Tran Nguy [?-?] Tran Qui-khoang (Trung Quang Emperor) [d. 1414] Le Loi [1384-1433] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-05-09
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#214 - History's Most: "History's Worst Civil War," with Alexander Clifford & Peter Daisley

A great conversation with Alex & Peter of "History's Most" about the worst civil war many have *still* never heard of - the Taiping Rebellion! Check out their great show at: https://historysmost.libsyn.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-04-17
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#213 - Ming 8: Oh, Happy Days!

The Yongle Emperor has taken command... and we're in for a really, really, really great time.... Time Period Covered: 1402-1424 CE Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-04-11
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#212 - Ming 7: The Incredible Vanishing Emperor!

The civil war between the Jianwen Emperor and his uncle, the Prince of Yan, rages on across the realm. Both sides will feel the terror and pain of the fearsome realities combat... but in the end, only one will be left standing. Time Period Covered: 1399-1402 CE Major Historical Figures: The Jianwen Emperor (Zhu Yunwen) [r. 1398-1402] Zhu Di, the Prince of Yan [1360-1424] Minister Huang Zicheng [1350-1402] Minister Qi Tai [d. 1402] Minister Fang Xiaoru [1357-1402] General Geng Bingwen [1334-1403] General Li Jinglong [1369-1424] Major Works Cited: Andrade, Tonio. ?How Yongle learned to stop worrying and love the gun? in The Ming World. Chan, Hok-lam. ?The Chien-wen, Yung-lo, Hung-hsi, and Hsüan-te Reigns, 1399-1435? in The Cambridge History of China, Vol. 7: The Ming Dynasty, 1368-1633, Part I. Ditmanson, Peter. ?Venerating the Martyrs of the 1402 Usurpation: History and Memory in the Mid and late Ming Dynasty? in T?oung Pao, Second Series, Vol. 93. Ditmanson, Peter. ?Fang Xiaoru: Moralistic Politics in the Early Ming? in The Human Tradition in Premodern China. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-03-21
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#211 - Ming 6: The Jingnan Rebellion

In the wake of the Hongwu Emperor's death, his grandson - Zhu Yunwen - will assume command. He's been brought up and trained in the highest of Confucian ethics and morals, and will seek to curb the excesses of his dear grandfather's... more bloodthirsty policies. But not everyone is thrilled at the new leaf being turned in the book of the regime... especially those who stand to lose much more than they could possibly gain. Time Period Covered: 1398-1399 CE Major Historical Figures: The Jianwen Emperor (Zhu Yunwen) [r. 1398-1402] Zhu Di, the Prince of Yan [1360-1424] Minister Huang Zicheng [1350-1402] Minister Qi Tai [d. 1402] Minister Fang Xiaoru [1357-1402] General Geng Bingwen [1334-1403] General Li Jinglong [1369-1424] Major Works Cited: Andrade, Tonio. ?How Yongle learned to stop worrying and love the gun? in The Ming World. Chan, Hok-lam. ?The Chien-wen, Yung-lo, Hung-hsi, and Hsüan-te Reigns, 1399-1435? in The Cambridge History of China, Vol. 7: The Ming Dynasty, 1368-1633, Part I. Ditmanson, Peter. ?Venerating the Martyrs of the 1402 Usurpation: History and Memory in the Mid and late Ming Dynasty? in T?oung Pao, Second Series, Vol. 93. Ditmanson, Peter. ?Fang Xiaoru: Moralistic Politics in the Early Ming? in The Human Tradition in Premodern China. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-03-17
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