By The Great Courses, Professor Kenneth J. Hammond, The Great Courses
For such a lot of its 5,000-year life, China has been the biggest, such a lot populous, wealthiest, and mightiest country on the earth. And for us as Westerners, it's necessary to comprehend the place China has been so one can count on its destiny. those 36 eye-opening lectures carry a finished political and ancient review of 1 of the main attention-grabbing and intricate nations in international historical past.
You'll find out about the strong dynasties that governed China for hundreds of years; the philosophical and non secular foundations-particularly Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism-that have encouraged each new release of chinese language inspiration, and the larger-than-life personalities, from either inside and out its borders, of these who've formed China's historical past. As you hearken to those lectures, you will see how China's politics, economics, and artwork replicate the forces of its previous.
From the "Mandate of Heaven," a conception of social agreement in position through 1500 B.C.E., 3,000 years prior to Western philosophers akin to Thomas Hobbes and John Locke, to the advance of agriculture and writing autonomous of outdoor effect to the technologically - complex Han Dynasty in the course of the time of the Roman Empire, this direction takes you on a trip throughout floor that has been mostly unexplored within the historical past classes such a lot people within the West have taken.
In guiding you thru the 5 millennia of China's heritage, Professor Hammond tells a desirable tale with a big scope, a welcome reminder that China isn't any stranger to that degree and, certainly, has in general been the main notable participant on it.