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Oda Nobuhide: Tiger of Owari

Posted August 12th, 2017 at 08:35 PM by Lord Oda Nobunaga
Updated August 12th, 2017 at 08:38 PM by Lord Oda Nobunaga

Owari Province: the Sengoku Jidai arrives

After the Onin War the control of the Ashikaga Shogunate was torn apart. The result was endless civil war in the form of small localized conflicts between military strongmen. It was ironic then that the Shogun, the Generalissimo of the army who ruled in the Emperor's name and subjected the Emperor to the same treatment, had become impotent and completely at the mercy of the military men. However not only the Emperor and Shogun had lost their...
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The Later Journey to the West: Part 1 – Sun Luzhen’s Early Adventures

Posted July 27th, 2017 at 01:50 PM by ghostexorcist
Updated July 31st, 2017 at 03:06 PM by ghostexorcist

The Later Journey to the West: Part 1 – Sun Luzhen’s Early Adventures

By Jim R. McClanahan

The great Chinese classic Journey to the West (Xiyouji, 西遊記) spawned numerous unofficial sequels years after its publishing in 1592. One such sequel, titled Later Journey to the West (Hou Xiyouji, 後西遊記) by an anonymous author of the 17th-century, is set two hundred years after the original and follows the adventures of Sun Wukong’s spiritual descendant Sun Luzhen (孫履真)....
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Captain's Log Entry 4: Crisis

Posted May 23rd, 2017 at 01:29 AM by Junius
Updated August 11th, 2017 at 08:52 AM by Junius

As I mentioned in my last post, by 1761, Britain was easily the foremost European power in India. While the Treaty of Paris returned France's Indian possessions to her, she was not allowed to rebuild the fortifications in Pondicherry and Chandranagar destroyed by the British. The French were forced to give up the game for the time being.

On the other side of the English Channel, Britain was also reeling from the effects of the Seven Year's War. Annual expenditure had more than doubled...
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Interesting Facts About Journey to the West

Posted May 15th, 2017 at 03:46 PM by ghostexorcist
Updated July 11th, 2017 at 08:14 PM by ghostexorcist

Interesting Facts About Journey to the West


By Jim R. McClanahan

This blog will serve as a repository of facts I find interesting about the famous Chinese Classic Journey to the West (1592) (JTTW, hereafter). It is based on a series of posts I've made on a Facebook group page dedicated to the novel's main character, the immortal monkey demon-turned-Buddhist guardian Sun Wukong. The point of the original posts was to enlighten people who have...
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Han Dynasty Agriculture

Posted May 8th, 2017 at 08:36 PM by HackneyedScribe
Updated June 7th, 2017 at 06:35 PM by HackneyedScribe

Agricultural had always been stressed by the Chinese literati as the foundation of the state, and under the Han dynasty agricultural production reached its first peak. The founding emperor, Liu Bang, was once a commoner himself. Although Liu the commoner showed no interest in agricultural pursuits, as emperor he soon realized the importance of agronomy for state building. It is without question that his heirs also adopted similar viewpoints. Canals were dug, fields were irrigated, and incentives...
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