The History of China

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A journey through the 5000 years of history documented by one of the world's oldest continuous civilizations.

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#156 - S. Song 3: Yue Fei, Pt. 2 - The Long-Legged Treachery
#156 - S. Song 3: Yue Fei, Pt. 2 - The Long-Legged Treachery
General Yue Fei will reach career highs as he strikes back against Jurchen aggression with remarkable success. He'll drive his enemies so fast and hard, that he'll drive the Jin Dynasty close to its breaking point. But on the precipice of victory, ministerial machinations back in Hangzhou will spell the undoing of him and his life's work...
#155 - S. Song: Yue Fei, Pt. 1-The Flying Fury
#155 - S. Song: Yue Fei, Pt. 1-The Flying Fury
In this first of a two-part look into the life and legend of this epic Chinese hero, we chronicle Yue Fei's early life and education, his induction into the military to serve his nation with utmost loyalty, his meteoric rise through the ranks, and his stalwart resolve in facing the greatest crisis his country his known in centuries, all while garnering a cult-like following of soldiers, and the panicked attention of the imperial court.Time Period Covered:1103-1137 CEMajor Works Cited:Foster, Robert W. The Human Condition in Premodern China.Jenne, Jeremiah. “The Execution of Yue Fei: 875 Years of Patriotic Myth” from radiichina.comLi, Xiaobi. China at War.Lorge, Peter. War, Politics and Society in Early Modern China, 900-1795.Mote, Fredrick W. “Ch. 13: The Southern Song and Chinese Survival” inImperial China 900-1800.Tao, Jing-shen. “The Move to the South and the Reign of Kao-tsung” in The Cambridge History of China, Vol. 05: The Sung Dynasty and Its Precursors, 907-1279.Wills, Jr., John E. E. Mountain of Fame: Portraits in Chinese History.Zhou, Zuoren, trans. Tim Cronen. “A View of the Hero Yue Fei and the Traitor Qin Hui” in The China Heritage Quarterly No. 28, December 2011.
#154 - S. Song 1: Song of the South
#154 - S. Song 1: Song of the South
The JURCHEN JIN reigns. Having decimated the Song Dynasty, Emperor Jin Taizong now deploys his merciless legions to seize military control of the Yellow River Valley.Only Prince Zhao Gou and his band of LOYALIST ministers stand against the rising tyranny, certain that the last scion of Zhao can yet restore a spark of hope to the fight.But the Loyalists have been exposed. As the Jin cavalry speeds toward Yintian Fu, the brave heroes mount a desperate escape....Historical Period Covered:1127-1130 CEMajor Historical Figures:Song Dynasty:Prince Zhao Gou, Prince of Kang (Emperor Gaozong of Song) [r. 1129-1162]Chancellor Li Gang [1083-1140]Yue Fei, LEGENDARY CHINESE HERO [1103-1142]General Zong Ze, He Tried [d. 1129]General Du Cheng, Brave Sir Du Cheng Ran Away... Bravely Ran Away, Away!General Han Shizheng, He Means BusinessJin Dynasty:Emperor Taizong of Jin (Wuqimai) [r. 1123-1135]Prince Wanyan Wuzhu, Commander of Jin Strikeforce [d. 1148]Zhang Bangchang, Puppet Emperor of Great Chu [r. 1129-1129]
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