TTC - From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History 36 lectures of 30 minutes - 244Mb - MP3 Taught by Kenneth Hammond
For most of its 5000 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.
This course answers this need by delivering a comprehensive political and historical overview of one of the most fascinating and complex countries in world history.
A Civilization so Advanced …
* China had a theory of social contract, the "Mandate of Heaven," in place by 1500 B.C.E., 3,000 years before Western philosophers such as Thomas Hobbes and John Locke. * It had seen the rule of three classical dynasties before 200 B.C.E. * It developed agriculture and writing independently of outside influence. * In Confucius and Laozi—among others—it had philosophers of the Axial Age as influential as were Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle in ancient Greece. * While the Roman Empire was at its zenith, China’s Han dynasty ruled over an empire superior in almost every measurable way, including technological advancement.
Course Lecture Titles 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