Destruction Of Chinese Books In The Peking Siege Of 1900

PAPER The destruction of cultural treasures has attracted the fascination of scholars for centuries and no more than in modern times. Since before Alexandria, the effects of natural and human disasters on books and libraries...

Jing Ke’s failed assassination attempt of Qin King

The last and by far most famous of assassins in Sima Qian’s chronicles is Jing Ke, the man who tried and nearly succeeded in killing the king of Qin, better known for his later...

Qin’s Unification of China

In 230 BC, King Zheng unleashed the final campaigns of the Warring States period, setting out to conquer the remaining independent kingdoms, one by one. The first state to fall was Hán (韓; sometimes called...

Literary Inquisition in the Qing Dynasty

The literary inquisition (文字獄; literally: "imprisonment due to writings") or speech crime (以言入罪) refers to official persecution of intellectuals for their writings in imperial China. The Inquisition took place under each of the dynasties...

Tang Dynasty’s Contacts with the Byzantine Empire

The Old Book of Tang and New Book of Tang mention several embassies made by Fu lin (拂菻; i.e. Byzantine Empire), which they equated with Daqin (i.e. the Roman Empire), beginning in 643 with...

Trump outraged South Koreans by saying Korea used to be part of China. Is...

A firestorm has erupted on South Korean social media after Trump said during an interview with The Wall Street Journal, “Korea actually used to be a part of China.” The Wall Street Journal published the story on April 12,...

Bao Si abuses the use of warning beacons

Bao Si (Chinese: 褒姒) was the concubine of the ancient Chinese sovereign King You of Zhou. She was considered one of the most beautiful Chinese women ever. Legends record that during the last years of...

The Great Wall of China in history

Great Wall of China Facts Length: 21,196 kilometers (13,171 miles) total, not continuous Height: Varies, up to about 8 meters (26 feet) Translated Chinese Name: Chang Cheng, "Long Fortress" Watch-towers: The Ming-era Great Wall (current wall) has an...

British expedition to Tibet (1903–1904)

The authorities in British India renewed their interest in Tibet in the late 19th century, and a number of Indians entered the region, first as explorers and then as traders. Treaties regarding Tibet were...

Partition of Jin into three states

Succession issues were constant in Jin as far back as seventh century BCE. Jin was unique among the major states in a major respect; whereas other states often enfeoffed the cadet branches of the ruling...

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