Summary

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.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Jake Harrison on 13-09-18

Great content, average delivery

There's a lot of knowledge packed into this course and I learned a lot. Many events and details were missed, but the history of China is a dense topic and a single series of lectures can't be expected to touch on everything! So overall, I was impressed by the content.
I can't give five stars because the lecturer's Chinese pronunciation wasn't very accurate, and at times I couldn't really understand the Chinese despite being able to speak the language myself. If the Chinese had been clearer, it would have been a little easier to follow up on the names mentioned and do further research. Nevertheless, the content itself is fantastic and I'd certainly recommend the book for anyone interested in the history of China and wanting to expand their knowledge.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Huldren on 26-12-17

Wonderful for academics and lay persons alike

This is a great overview of the history of China. Professor Andrew R. Wilson is a very knowledgable and engaging lecturer. I recommend this course for anyone with an interest in China.

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5 out of 5 stars
By victorluis on 06-12-17

Imperial China: very well done!

To any person interested in China, this is an enjoyable course. Very clear, well structured and well presented. The professor knows and knows how to teach. I recommend it!

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