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Han Dynasty China

Posted Yesterday at 02:21 PM by Piccolo
Updated Yesterday at 02:43 PM by Piccolo

In the preceding Qin dysnasty, Xiang Yu fought Liu Bang, and Liu Bang when on to found the Han dynasty I think.

Han Dynasty was from 206 BC to 220 AD

Han dynasty China was preceded Qin dynasty (221-206 BC), and followed by the Three Kingdoms period (220-280 AD)

Han dynasty China is often considered a golden age of China. It was in this dynasty that paper was invented by the Chinese Eunuch T'sai Lun.

Han dynasty China was the first civilization...
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Working And Not Working

Posted August 26th, 2016 at 07:16 AM by caldrail

Things just get more and more awkward every day. It really doesn't feel like I'm in control of my life any more, and to be honest, there's every reason to believe someone is interfering in my business as no opportunity to disrupt my income is being missed. Well, for the time being, I'm back in the saddle, working at the Honda car plant. Don't get me wrong - this is not my dream job in any way whatsoever, but it will pay the bills for a while.

My colleagues, many of whom...
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William H McNeill, A Tribute

Posted August 25th, 2016 at 11:40 AM by Tuthmosis III

Alas! I have just learned this day that my world history hero, William Hardy McNeill passed on July 8. He was 98.

Where do I start?...

The Rise of the West: A History of the Human Community (1963)
Plagues and Peoples (1976)
The Pursuit of Power: Technology, Armed Force, and Society since AD 1000 (1982)
Keeping Together in Time: Dance and Drill in Human History (1995)
The Human Web: A Bird's Eye View of World History (2003, with son John R McNeill)...
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Song dynasty China

Posted August 24th, 2016 at 09:23 PM by Piccolo
Updated August 27th, 2016 at 12:32 PM by Piccolo

Song China (at least, the southern Song) is the dynasty of China before it fell to the Mongols.

960-1279 was the reign and period of this dynasty.

It was Preceeded by the 5 dynasties and 10 Kingdoms period and followed/succeded by the Yuan Dynasty.

Much like the Han or Tang; it was considered a golden age of innovation, if not a golden age altogether.

Li Shishi was a famous Chinese courtesan of the period.
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Medieval refuge

Posted August 24th, 2016 at 12:23 AM by AlpinLuke

In my hometown, actually hidden on the top of a hill, submerged in a historical quarter, there is a medieval church [mentioned for the first time in a Papal bull to Litefredo in 1132CE] which is a real construction out of time.

Well, I remember the first time I saw it, it was like to use a time machine. The church is built on the rock of the hill and it's made by not well refined stone blocks [there is a section presenting better blocks which has been probably added later].
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