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by Andrew R. Wilson

  • Narrated by: The Great Courses
  • Series: The Great Courses: Civilization & Culture
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Release date: 09-22-17
  • Language: English

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A knowledge of China’s imperial history is vital for any understanding of its present, as modern China is linked in many ways to the extraordinary culture of its empire. These 24 lectures take you to the heart of life during China’s imperial era, through the lives of individual subjects of all social ranks. Across the arc of the course, you’ll witness what daily life was like for government bureaucrats, for scholars, for women of the court, for soldiers, merchants, craftspeople, courtesans, imperial cooks, and many others – all against the backdrop of the diversity, the genius, and the majesty of imperial China.

You’ll hear about such memorable sights as the grand boulevards; splendorous palaces; imposing temples of Chang’an, the medieval world’s greatest city; and the Qingming Shanghetu, a 17-foot painted scroll that gloriously portrays Song Dynasty life. And you’ll meet unforgettable human beings, whose lives vividly reveal the world around them, such as Ban Zhao, Han-era woman of letters, poet, scholar, and teacher; Tao Yuanming, Daoist luminary and the empire’s first great poet; Zhu Yuanzhang, powerful warlord and founder of the Ming Dynasty; and Hong Xiuquan, visionary reformer and architect of the religiously inspired Taiping Rebellion.

Understanding Imperial China: Dynasties, Life, and Culture is your passport to this incredible, historic world.

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Author

Andrew R. Wilson, The Great Courses

Language

English

Length

12 hrs and 27 mins

Narrated by

The Great Courses

Release date

09-22-17

Series

The Great Courses: Civilization & Culture

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