Review: Understanding Imperial China

By | March 9, 2019
Understanding Imperial China

I listened to the audio version of this course and it was a bit hard to follow at times because the narrator’s pronunciation of certain Chinese names is way off (I don’t blame him) and I had to guess who he is referring to, based on my prior understanding of Chinese history. Every subsequent occurrence of that name then becomes an annoyance because you have to mentally correct it. Perhaps I should have read the print edition.

That aside, the course touched on a variety of subjects (mostly on Chinese culture and society) in each “lecture” instead of focusing on the typical politics and warfare in history books. However, this left some gaps in the flow of history, especially periods where conflict was the predominant theme (e.g. the Three Kingdoms).

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