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History of China

  1. Oct 5, 2005 #1

    Astronuc

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    Back when I was at university studying Physics, I also studied Religions, including Eastern Religions, which brought me to study Chinese History and Culture. It is an extraordinary history.

    Here are some resources:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_History

    http://www-chaos.umd.edu/history/toc.html - History of China

    http://www-chaos.umd.edu/history/time_line.html

    http://orpheus.ucsd.edu/chinesehistory/

    http://www.asterius.com/china/ - Condensed Chinese History for Beginners

    http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/history/elman/ClassBib/

    http://acc6.its.brooklyn.cuny.edu/~phalsall/texts/chinhist.html - Chinese Cultural Studies: Concise Political History of China
     
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  3. Oct 11, 2005 #2

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    Interaction between Rome and China!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_embassies_to_China

    Well before Marco Polo - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marco_Polo.

    Almost 1000 years between events.
     
  4. Oct 11, 2005 #3
    I love Chinese folklore. I was once lucky enough to view the Dragon Boat races. Which has the longest history of any of the festivals celebrated in China. Dragon boat races are held to the sounds of thunderous drumbeats. It just took my breath away, the colors and the sounds!
    In Chinese tradition, the dragon boats attempt to rescue the patriotic poet, Chu Yuan. Chu Yuan drowned himself because his king would not take his advice. As a result, his kingdom was conquered. Chu Yuan drowned himself on the fifth day of the fifth month in 277 B.C. To save his body, people fed the fish cooked rice. They rowed boats and threw bamboo leaved filled with cooked rice into the water.
    And the food! Moon cakes and rice dumplings!
     
  5. Dec 3, 2005 #4

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    China's Great Armada

    National Geographic Magazine - July 2005

    http://www7.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0507/feature2/index.html

    http://www7.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0507/feature2/multimedia.html

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zheng_He
     
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2005
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