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The History of China

Chris Stewart

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The History of China

The History of China

Chris Stewart

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2.5K
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An audio journey through the 5000 year history of one of the world's oldest continuous civilizations.

Latest Episodes

#1 - Origins 1: The Mythical Origins Of The Middle Kingdom

In episode 1, we begin with an introduction to this podcast, followed by a brief overview of what we’ve come to know about early human migration and settlement in the region that will eventually become China. Finally, we’ll delve into the mythological origin story that purports to tell of the three divine Sovereigns who would create and then rule over the Han people. I’m very excited to be getting this journey underway! Once again welcome, and thank you for listening. UPDATE: As of 08/28/2016, this episode has been completely rebooted from the ground-up. Enjoy! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

31 MIN2013 NOV 26
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#1 - Origins 1: The Mythical Origins Of The Middle Kingdom

#2 - Origins 2: Five Emperors, Twelve Islands

This episode, we enter the second half of our gaze into the Chinese origins mythos. Focusing on the Five Emperors descended from the Yellow Emperor, this period marks the beginning of the transformation of the Huaxia People from settled tribe, to dynastic feudal kingdom. There will be betrayal, cataclysmic flooding, bird kingdoms, the Vietnamese, magical earth, and – of course – dragons. UPDATE: as of 08/28/2016, this episode has been fully rebooted from the ground up. Enjoy! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

27 MIN2013 NOV 26
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#2 - Origins 2: Five Emperors, Twelve Islands

#3 - Xia 1: The Xia, China's First Dynasty

This week we move into the beginnings of China’s dynastic period where rulers began favoring birthright over merit – and the consequences will be almost immediately apparent. Beginning with the triumphant reign of the heroic Yu the Great, the Xia’s semi-accidental trip into dynastic succession will swiftly spiral downward, eventually leaving a usurping general in power, and the House of Xia all but exterminated after decades in exile. Rebooted as of 09/06/2016 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

26 MIN2013 NOV 26
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#3 - Xia 1: The Xia, China's First Dynasty

#4 - Xia 2: Revenge of the Xia!

This time, we take an in depth look into Shao Kang, the prince born in hiding who would rise from his dynasty's ashes to seek revenge against the Usurper-General Han Zhuo who had ruthlessly pursued him. Through a combination of skill, luck, and patience, Shao Kang will cobble together a force able to meet Han Zhuo's armies in battle. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

20 MIN2013 NOV 29
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#4 - Xia 2: Revenge of the Xia!

#5 - Xia 3: The Fall Of The House Of Xia

This episode we cover our source materials, and then delve into the latter half of the Xia Dynasty post Shao Kang's restoration. It all ends with the corrupt and cruel Emperor Jie coming face to face with the Army of Shang bearing down on him, intent on ending his reign of terror once and for all. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

28 MIN2013 DEC 6
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#5 - Xia 3: The Fall Of The House Of Xia

#6 - Shang 1: Them Bones, Them Bones, Them Oracle Bones

We take a "time out" from our forward-marching chronology to examine the evidence we have of the Shang state, and how we came to know what we know about his period. Mostly, it's about what we can learn from reading divine messages off of dragon bones. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

34 MIN2013 DEC 14
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#6 - Shang 1: Them Bones, Them Bones, Them Oracle Bones

#7 - Shang 2: The Shang Triumphant

In this first of two parts, we look at the first half of the Shang Dynasty beginning with the victory and reign of Tang "The Perfect" and leaving off 21 emperors, five capitals, and 400 years later with the amazing reign of Wu Ding and his warrior-priestess wife Lady Fu Hao. Along the way, there are warlike redheaded Xirong, Demonic Mongols, and Blue Barbarians. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

39 MIN2013 DEC 22
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#7 - Shang 2: The Shang Triumphant

#8 - Shang 3: The Shang Vanquished

This episode we chronicle the decline and eventual fall of the once-glorious Shang Dynasty to the same vices and evils that spelled doom for the Xia centuries ago. In the West, a powerful new clan calling itself the Zhou has risen to power, eventually with an eye to make right what the final Shang Kings have twisted so horribly wrong. Along the way, we'll colonize the Japanese islands and raise a minor Chinese prince to the King of Korea. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

27 MIN2013 DEC 29
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#8 - Shang 3: The Shang Vanquished

#9 - W. Zhou 1: Heaven Does Not Make Propositions

The self-proclaimed Kung Wu of Zhou stands triumphant amid the smoking ruins of the Shang Dynasty... but though the war is over, victory is far from assured. With his premature death, his unready heir will prompt rebellion against the fledgling Zhou Dynasty - not only by the Shang remnant, but also his own uncles! To cement their hold on power, the Zhou will be forced to construct a new standard of legitimacy: The Mandate of Heaven. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

31 MIN2014 JAN 12
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#9 - W. Zhou 1: Heaven Does Not Make Propositions

#10 - W. Zhou 2: The King Who Cried "Barbarian!"

This episode, we start at the mid-point of the Western Zhou period, and follow it all the way down to its conclusion with the shattering of Royal authority, the sacking of the capital, and the vengeance of the White Wolf Clans on the Zhou. By the end of the episode, though a Zhou king will remain on the throne, we've seen the end (for now) of a unified state in anything but name... For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

39 MIN2014 JAN 21
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#10 - W. Zhou 2: The King Who Cried "Barbarian!"

Latest Episodes

#1 - Origins 1: The Mythical Origins Of The Middle Kingdom

In episode 1, we begin with an introduction to this podcast, followed by a brief overview of what we’ve come to know about early human migration and settlement in the region that will eventually become China. Finally, we’ll delve into the mythological origin story that purports to tell of the three divine Sovereigns who would create and then rule over the Han people. I’m very excited to be getting this journey underway! Once again welcome, and thank you for listening. UPDATE: As of 08/28/2016, this episode has been completely rebooted from the ground-up. Enjoy! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

31 MIN2013 NOV 26
Comments
#1 - Origins 1: The Mythical Origins Of The Middle Kingdom

#2 - Origins 2: Five Emperors, Twelve Islands

This episode, we enter the second half of our gaze into the Chinese origins mythos. Focusing on the Five Emperors descended from the Yellow Emperor, this period marks the beginning of the transformation of the Huaxia People from settled tribe, to dynastic feudal kingdom. There will be betrayal, cataclysmic flooding, bird kingdoms, the Vietnamese, magical earth, and – of course – dragons. UPDATE: as of 08/28/2016, this episode has been fully rebooted from the ground up. Enjoy! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

27 MIN2013 NOV 26
Comments
#2 - Origins 2: Five Emperors, Twelve Islands

#3 - Xia 1: The Xia, China's First Dynasty

This week we move into the beginnings of China’s dynastic period where rulers began favoring birthright over merit – and the consequences will be almost immediately apparent. Beginning with the triumphant reign of the heroic Yu the Great, the Xia’s semi-accidental trip into dynastic succession will swiftly spiral downward, eventually leaving a usurping general in power, and the House of Xia all but exterminated after decades in exile. Rebooted as of 09/06/2016 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

26 MIN2013 NOV 26
Comments
#3 - Xia 1: The Xia, China's First Dynasty

#4 - Xia 2: Revenge of the Xia!

This time, we take an in depth look into Shao Kang, the prince born in hiding who would rise from his dynasty's ashes to seek revenge against the Usurper-General Han Zhuo who had ruthlessly pursued him. Through a combination of skill, luck, and patience, Shao Kang will cobble together a force able to meet Han Zhuo's armies in battle. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

20 MIN2013 NOV 29
Comments
#4 - Xia 2: Revenge of the Xia!

#5 - Xia 3: The Fall Of The House Of Xia

This episode we cover our source materials, and then delve into the latter half of the Xia Dynasty post Shao Kang's restoration. It all ends with the corrupt and cruel Emperor Jie coming face to face with the Army of Shang bearing down on him, intent on ending his reign of terror once and for all. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

28 MIN2013 DEC 6
Comments
#5 - Xia 3: The Fall Of The House Of Xia

#6 - Shang 1: Them Bones, Them Bones, Them Oracle Bones

We take a "time out" from our forward-marching chronology to examine the evidence we have of the Shang state, and how we came to know what we know about his period. Mostly, it's about what we can learn from reading divine messages off of dragon bones. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

34 MIN2013 DEC 14
Comments
#6 - Shang 1: Them Bones, Them Bones, Them Oracle Bones

#7 - Shang 2: The Shang Triumphant

In this first of two parts, we look at the first half of the Shang Dynasty beginning with the victory and reign of Tang "The Perfect" and leaving off 21 emperors, five capitals, and 400 years later with the amazing reign of Wu Ding and his warrior-priestess wife Lady Fu Hao. Along the way, there are warlike redheaded Xirong, Demonic Mongols, and Blue Barbarians. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

39 MIN2013 DEC 22
Comments
#7 - Shang 2: The Shang Triumphant

#8 - Shang 3: The Shang Vanquished

This episode we chronicle the decline and eventual fall of the once-glorious Shang Dynasty to the same vices and evils that spelled doom for the Xia centuries ago. In the West, a powerful new clan calling itself the Zhou has risen to power, eventually with an eye to make right what the final Shang Kings have twisted so horribly wrong. Along the way, we'll colonize the Japanese islands and raise a minor Chinese prince to the King of Korea. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

27 MIN2013 DEC 29
Comments
#8 - Shang 3: The Shang Vanquished

#9 - W. Zhou 1: Heaven Does Not Make Propositions

The self-proclaimed Kung Wu of Zhou stands triumphant amid the smoking ruins of the Shang Dynasty... but though the war is over, victory is far from assured. With his premature death, his unready heir will prompt rebellion against the fledgling Zhou Dynasty - not only by the Shang remnant, but also his own uncles! To cement their hold on power, the Zhou will be forced to construct a new standard of legitimacy: The Mandate of Heaven. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

31 MIN2014 JAN 12
Comments
#9 - W. Zhou 1: Heaven Does Not Make Propositions

#10 - W. Zhou 2: The King Who Cried "Barbarian!"

This episode, we start at the mid-point of the Western Zhou period, and follow it all the way down to its conclusion with the shattering of Royal authority, the sacking of the capital, and the vengeance of the White Wolf Clans on the Zhou. By the end of the episode, though a Zhou king will remain on the throne, we've seen the end (for now) of a unified state in anything but name... For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

39 MIN2014 JAN 21
Comments
#10 - W. Zhou 2: The King Who Cried "Barbarian!"
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