#251 - Ming 36: The Last Showdown
The History of China
by Chris Stewart
1w ago
We revisit the pivotal Battle of Sarhu of 1619/20, but this time from the Ming perspective. Then we'll finally send the Wanli Emperor into his tomb and take stock of his reign and legacy, before getting into our final few emperors Great Ming has left in the tank. Time Period Covered: 1619-1621 CE Major Historical Figures: Ming: The Wanli Emperor (Zhu Yujin) [r. 1572-1620] The Taichang Emperor (Zhu Changluo) [r. 1620-1620] The Tianqi Emperor (Zhu Youjiao) [r. 1620-1627] Consort Li Supreme Commander Yang Hao [d. 1629] General Du Song, "The Madman" [d. 1619] General Ma Lin [d. 1619] General Li Ru ..read more
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#250 - Ming 35: Nurhachi, Part 2
The History of China
by Chris Stewart
3w ago
With Manchuria all but tapped out, Nurhachi and his Manchus seek to expand in the only direction that makes any sense - south into Ming territory. It's time for the Airing of Grievances! He's got a lot of problems with you people, and now you're gonna hear about it!! Time Period Covered: ~1618-1626 CE ..read more
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#249 - Ming 34: Nurhachi, Part 1
The History of China
by Chris Stewart
1M ago
In the frigid wilds beyond the Great Wall, a young warrior will begin a grand campaign to establish himself as the sovereign of All Under Heaven, and overthrow an ancient rival. Time Period Covered: 1559-1619 CE Major Historical Figures: Ming: The Wanli Emperor General Li Chengliang Aisin-Gioro/Later Jin/Manchu: Nurhachi, Heavenly Mandated Khan of Jin [1559-1626] Giocangga [d. 1582] Surhaci [d. 1611] Cuyen [d. 1615] Hong Taiji Nikan Wilan Dragon-Tiger General Meggebulu ..read more
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#248 - Ming 33: Dragon Head, Snake Tail
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by Chris Stewart
2M ago
Ming China gets down and dirty with a Miao Rebellion in the Southwest, a Mongol(-ish) uprising in the Northwest, and a newly re-unified Japan gettin just a little too big for their britches in Korea. Time Period Covered: 1587-1600 CE ..read more
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247 - Ming 32: State On the Wane
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by Chris Stewart
2M ago
As Ming China enters the 16th century, the Wanli Emperor, his ministers, a new canal, Portuguese & Spanish explorers, the usual gaggle of Chinese neighbors, the Philippines, the Christian Church, The White Lotus, and - of course - the Jesuits all start becoming one another problems... Time Period Covered: ~1600-1617 CE Major Historical Figures: MING: The Wanli Emperor (Zhu Yizhun) [r. 1572-1620] Li Zhi, persecuted Neo-Confucian philosopher [1527–1602] Li Rusong, Ming Commander in Chief [d. 1598] Wang Yangming, Master of the "School of the Mind" [1472–1529] Wang Zhicai, politician & ass ..read more
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#246 - 2022 Retrospective/Archive: The Mathematician of Heaven
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by Chris Stewart
3M ago
#246 - 2022 Retrospective/Archive: The Mathematician of Heaven by Chris Stewart ..read more
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#245 - Ming 31: Event Horizon
The History of China
by Chris Stewart
3M ago
Being the most powerful person in the empire must be nothing but the good life, right? Well... not so much. And especially with the truly dysfunctional Ming system facing the newly-adult Wanli Emperor, it's a system that promises all the perks, but delivers only drudgery, frustration, and disappointment. Not even 5,000 concubines can make up for that... Time Period Covered: 1582-1600 CE Major Historical Figures: The Wanli Emperor (Zhu Yizhun) [r. 1572-1620] Empress Xiaoduan (Wang Xijie) [1564-1620] Noble Consort Wang [1565-1611] Prince Zhu Changluo, "First Imperial Son" [1582-1620] Noble Conso ..read more
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China Lockdown Update - 11:27:22: The Winter of Our Discontent
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by Chris Stewart
4M ago
Protests erupt across Chinese cities in perhaps the largest demonstration of public outcry in more than 30 years. Today, we look at some of the major reasons why. [WARNING: Disturbing Content - audio clips of deadly fire, protests, clashes with police ..read more
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#244 - Ming 30: A Last Luminous Gloaming
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by Chris Stewart
4M ago
At 29, the weak and ineffectual Longqing Emperor take the Dragon Throne in 1567. But it won't be long before the curse of the House of Zhu strikes him down, leaving Great Ming to his 9-year-old son, Wanli. That means - of course - the government is in the hands of the court ministers and its all-powerful Grand Secretary, the ruthlessly conniving Zhang Juzheng. Time Period Covered: 1567-1582 CE Major Historical Figures: The Longqing Emperor (Zhu Zaihou) [r. 1567-1572] The Wanli Emperor (Zhu Yijun) [r. 1567-1620] Grand Secretary Xu Jie [1503-1583] Grand Secretary Gao Gong [1513-1578] Senior Gran ..read more
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#243 - Ming 29: Ahh, Curse Your Sudden But Inevitable Betrayal!
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by Chris Stewart
5M ago
Great Ming has a pirate problem on its hands. Unable to effectively suppress it militarily, the officials in charge turn to wheeling and dealing to get the seabooters to give up their outlaw ways. But when the Jiajing Emperor starts sticking his nose in to such affairs from way up in Beijing, suddenly all bets are off... Time Period Covered: 1549-1567 CE Major Historical Figures: Ming: The Jiajing Emperor (Zhu Houcong) [r. 1521-1567] Grand Chancellor Yan Song [1480-1567] Nanjing Minister of War Zhang Jing [d. 1555] Censor Zhao Wenhua [d. 1557] Censor Hu Zongxian [1512-1565] Commander Yu Dayou ..read more
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