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The Past–And Present–of China’s Imperial Exams
Adapted from Erping Zhang's original video available on YouTube. Chinese civilization has long viewed excellence in academics as both a matter of pragmatic necessity as well as moral cultivation. Confucius, the ancient teacher and philosopher,...
How the Pursuit of Extremes Doomed China’s Sui Dynasty
The Sui Dynasty (A.D. 581-618) was the seventh major dynasty in Chinese history. Though very powerful, it lasted less than 40 years across the reign of just two emperors: Yang Jian (楊堅) and his son...