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Chinese Society in the Late Imperial Period: the Great Qing

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Khan Nurhaci (1559-1626) (founder of the Jin state)

During the 1500's the Ming empire was likely at it's strongest; culturally and economically they outproduced Europe and those around them (paper, porcelain, lacquered paint). The Ming also had a prosperous system of urban and commercial society. They exported their wares to the other Asian countries and the Chinese language...
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Lin Zexu's Letters to Queen Victoria and Emperor Daoguang

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Commissioner Lin Zexu

The Chinese Repository is a collection of letters published in 1840 about the issue of opium trade in China, particularly that of foreign smuggling by the British. The first letter I chose to focus on is an open letter written to Queen Victoria by Commissioner Lin Zexu in which he requests the end of illegal opium trafficking. The second...
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The Ambitions of Oda Nobunaga

Posted June 24th, 2016 at 12:11 PM by Lord Oda Nobunaga
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This is as an assessment of feudal Japanese government and politics and also to understand why it was that Oda Nobunaga, although being the most powerful daimyo in the land, refused to become Shogun and to achieve the unprecedented status in Japanese Society that is associated with the Shogunate. In other words I will try to explain and discover the truth about the hidden and unfulfilled ambitions...
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The Rise of Ming and Their Conquest of China

Posted May 23rd, 2016 at 12:41 PM by Lord Oda Nobunaga
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Zhu Yuanzhang, younger days

Unfortunately when it comes to the Yuan and Ming dynasties I can't seem to find very many sources compared to other topics (in English at least, especially for the Yuan Dynasty). If I happen to find more than one chances are they are mostly the same in their content. Though I will always search for more. I have also yet to find any book that goes into the Red Turban Revolt with...
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Hideyoshi by Mary Elizabeth Berry, summary and review

Posted May 22nd, 2016 at 10:41 PM by Lord Oda Nobunaga

A Review and summary of the historical book "Hideyoshi" by Mary Elizabeth Berry; one of the only English books and perhaps the best on this topic and historical personage.
Berry, Mary Elizabeth. Hideyoshi. London: Harvard University Press, 1982. 241 pages in all.

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Hideyoshi was the first book published by Professor Mary Elizabeth Berry in 1982. This book was similar...
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