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 #206 - Ming 3: I Think I'm Paranoid | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:41:08

The founder of the Ming Dynasty, Zhu Yuanzhang, the Hongwu Emperor... has got a bit of a trust problem. It starts with him getting upset that his officials are "cutting corners" when it comes to official counts of tribute payments & the stamped documents verifying them. But it quickly spirals into full-blown paranoia that absolutely everyone is out to get them, and the only was he knows how to confront this problem is by getting all of his "enemies" first. Time Period Covered: ca. 1373-1382 CE Major Historical Figures: The Hongwu Emperor (Zhu Yuanzhang) [r. 1368-1398] Crown Prince Zhu Biao [1355-1392] Zhu Shuang, Prince Min of Qin [1356-1395] Zhu Gang, Prince Gong of Jin [1358-1398] Zhu Di, Prince of Yan [1360-1424] Chancellor Hu Weiyong [d. 1380] Gao Qi [1334-1374] Prefect Ye Boju [d. 1376] Academician Zheng Shili [d. 1376] Sources Cited: Brook, Timothy. The Confusions of Pleasure: Commerce and Culture in Ming China. Langlois, John D., Jr. “The Hung-Wu-Reign” in The Cambridge History of China, Vol. 7: The Ming Dynasty, 13698-1644m Part I. Laozi. Dao De Jing. Luo, Yuming. A Concise History of Chinese Literature. Strassberg, Richard E. Inscribed Landscapes: Travel Writing from Imperial China.

 #205 - Hangzhou: A City by the Bay | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 29:10

You might not be able to go on a real holiday - but today we take a little audio trip to the city of Hangzhou, Zhejiang... famed across the millennia for its beautiful bay, canals, and the famous West Lake.This is no ordinary tourist get-away, though, because we'll be skipping across time, looking at the highlights of its early history.Time Period Covered:ca. 5,000 BCE- ca. 960 CEMajor Sources:Cotterell, Arthur. The Imperial Capitals of China – An Inside View of the Celestial Empire.Giles, Lionel (tr.) Sun Tzu’s The Art of War.Loewe, Michael and Edward L. Shaughnessey. The Cambridge History of Ancient China.Mote, F.W. Imperial China.(900-1800).Rossabi, Morris. China Among Equals: the Middle Kingdom and its Neighbors, 10th-14th centuries.Schmidt, J. D. Within the Human Realm: The Poetry of Huang Zunxian, 1848-1905.Yan, Zi. Famous Temples in China. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

 #205 - Hangzhou: A City by the Bay | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:29:10

You might not be able to go on a real holiday - but today we take a little audio trip to the city of Hangzhou, Zhejiang... famed across the millennia for its beautiful bay, canals, and the famous West Lake. This is no ordinary tourist get-away, though, because we'll be skipping across time, looking at the highlights of its early history. Time Period Covered: ca. 5,000 BCE- ca. 960 CE Major Sources: Cotterell, Arthur. The Imperial Capitals of China – An Inside View of the Celestial Empire. Giles, Lionel (tr.) Sun Tzu’s The Art of War. Loewe, Michael and Edward L. Shaughnessey. The Cambridge History of Ancient China. Mote, F.W. Imperial China.(900-1800). Rossabi, Morris. China Among Equals: the Middle Kingdom and its Neighbors, 10th-14th centuries. Schmidt, J. D. Within the Human Realm: The Poetry of Huang Zunxian, 1848-1905. Yan, Zi. Famous Temples in China.

 #204 - Ming 2: Winning Was Easy, Young Ming, Governing Is Harder | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 45:47

The Hongwu Emperor officially accedes to the throne as the founding ruler of Great Ming, to as much pomp and circumstance as his ministers can possibly pack in to the ceremony. After the parties are all done and the sacrifices all made, however, the real work of governing an empire that has been ravaged for centuries begins… and not everyone is happy about having a new sovereign sitting atop the dragon throne.Time Period Covered:1367-1373 CEMajor Historical Figures:Great Ming:The Hongwu Emperor (Zhu Yuanzhang) [r. 1368-1398]Empress Xiaocigao (née Ma Xuying) [1332-1382]Zhu Biao, Crown Prince [1355-1392]Zhu Shuang, Prince of Qin [1356-1395]Zhu Gang, Prince of Jin [1358-1398]Zhu Di, Prince of Yan [1360-1424]Tao Kai, Minister of RitesGeneral Xu Da [1332-1385]General Deng YuGeneral Fu Youde [1327-1394]Ambassador Zhao ZhiXia Kingdom (Sichuan):Emperor Ming Yuzhen [r. 1360-1366]Emperor Ming Sheng [r. 1366-1371]Nanchō Japan:Prince Kaneyoshi, the Chinzei Shogun [c. 1329-1383]Monk SoraiMajor Works Cited:Chan, Hok-Lam. “Ming Taizu’s Problem With his Sons: Prince Qin’s Criminality and Early Ming Politics” in Asia Major, Third Series, Vol. 20, No. 1 (2007).Langlois, John D. “The Hung-wu Reign” in The Cambridge History of China, Vol. 7: The Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644, Part 1. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

 #204 - Ming 2: Winning Was Easy, Young Ming, Governing Is Harder | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:45:47

The Hongwu Emperor officially accedes to the throne as the founding ruler of Great Ming, to as much pomp and circumstance as his ministers can possibly pack in to the ceremony. After the parties are all done and the sacrifices all made, however, the real work of governing an empire that has been ravaged for centuries begins… and not everyone is happy about having a new sovereign sitting atop the dragon throne. Time Period Covered: 1367-1373 CE Major Historical Figures: Great Ming: The Hongwu Emperor (Zhu Yuanzhang) [r. 1368-1398] Empress Xiaocigao (née Ma Xuying) [1332-1382] Zhu Biao, Crown Prince [1355-1392] Zhu Shuang, Prince of Qin [1356-1395] Zhu Gang, Prince of Jin [1358-1398] Zhu Di, Prince of Yan [1360-1424] Tao Kai, Minister of Rites General Xu Da [1332-1385] General Deng Yu General Fu Youde [1327-1394] Ambassador Zhao Zhi Xia Kingdom (Sichuan): Emperor Ming Yuzhen [r. 1360-1366] Emperor Ming Sheng [r. 1366-1371] Nanchō Japan: Prince Kaneyoshi, the Chinzei Shogun [c. 1329-1383] Monk Sorai Major Works Cited: Chan, Hok-Lam. “Ming Taizu’s Problem With his Sons: Prince Qin’s Criminality and Early Ming Politics” in Asia Major, Third Series, Vol. 20, No. 1 (2007). Langlois, John D. “The Hung-wu Reign” in The Cambridge History of China, Vol. 7: The Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644, Part 1.

 #203 - Yuan 16: The White Hare's Curse | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 46:03

"The list of their disasters was much lengthened [...] and whenever they tried to force a way into the borders of the empire, they were beaten back. They were once more confined to the great desert, whence they originally sprang.”“Although I am a woman, I have avenged the vengeance of my husband. When I die, there will be no regret.”Time Period Covered:1368~1399 CEMajor Historical Figures:Yuan/ Northern Yuan:Toghon Temür (Emperor Shun) [r. 1333-1368, 1368-1369]Ayurshiridara (Biligtü Khan) [r. 1370-1378]Prince Maidiribala [1338-1378]General Köke Temür [1330-1375]Elbeg Khan [r. 1393-1399]Oljeitu Khatun [d. ~1399]Ming:Zhu Yuanzhang (Hongwu Emperor) [r. 1368-1399]Xu Da, "Barbarian-Conquering Generalissimo" [1332-1385]General Li Wenzhong [1339-1383] See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

 #203 - Yuan 16: The White Hare's Curse | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:46:03

"The list of their disasters was much lengthened [...] and whenever they tried to force a way into the borders of the empire, they were beaten back. They were once more confined to the great desert, whence they originally sprang.” “Although I am a woman, I have avenged the vengeance of my husband. When I die, there will be no regret.” Time Period Covered: 1368~1399 CE Major Historical Figures: Yuan/ Northern Yuan: Toghon Temür (Emperor Shun) [r. 1333-1368, 1368-1369] Ayurshiridara (Biligtü Khan) [r. 1370-1378] Prince Maidiribala [1338-1378] General Köke Temür [1330-1375] Elbeg Khan [r. 1393-1399] Oljeitu Khatun [d. ~1399] Ming: Zhu Yuanzhang (Hongwu Emperor) [r. 1368-1399] Xu Da, "Barbarian-Conquering Generalissimo" [1332-1385] General Li Wenzhong [1339-1383]

 #202.5 - Bonus: Strange Tales V.5: The Masque of the Red Death | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 16:14

You are invited to a very exclusive party. Everyone who's anyone will be there, dressed to the nines. You're sure to have the time of your life, and won't even know where the time's gone...Story by: Edgar Allen Poe See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

 #202.5 - Bonus: Strange Tales V.5: The Masque of the Red Death | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:16:14

You are invited to a very exclusive party. Everyone who's anyone will be there, dressed to the nines. You're sure to have the time of your life, and won't even know where the time's gone... Story by: Edgar Allen Poe

 #202 - Special: Strange Tales V | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 40:42

The chill of autumn is in the air once again, which can only mean one thing! It’s time for more tales to terrorize & titillate, baffle & bemuse… it’s time to once again venture into the studio of Pu Songling and listen to his strange tales. So gather round the light of the fire… or the iPhone… and get ready for seven strange stories of sly foxes, flights of fancy, monstrous appetites, unusual encounters, otherworldly lessons, tricky traders, and enchanting apparitions...00:58: The Half-Fox Girl10:55: The Painted Wall18:27: The Monster In the Buckwheat21:48: The Girl From Nanjing25:45: A Most Exemplary Monk28:07: Stealing a Peach33:38: The Hungry Bride36:07: The Magic Sword & the Magic Bag See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

 #202 - Special: Strange Tales V | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:40:42

The chill of autumn is in the air once again, which can only mean one thing! It’s time for more tales to terrorize & titillate, baffle & bemuse… it’s time to once again venture into the studio of Pu Songling and listen to his strange tales. So gather round the light of the fire… or the iPhone… and get ready for seven strange stories of sly foxes, flights of fancy, monstrous appetites, unusual encounters, otherworldly lessons, tricky traders, and enchanting apparitions... 00:58: The Half-Fox Girl 10:55: The Painted Wall 18:27: The Monster In the Buckwheat 21:48: The Girl From Nanjing 25:45: A Most Exemplary Monk 28:07: Stealing a Peach 33:38: The Hungry Bride 36:07: The Magic Sword & the Magic Bag

 #201 - Ming 1: Overflowing Martial Accomplishment | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 39:46

How does a peasant, orphan, son of a farmerin the Black Death, made a monk in the middle of a forgotten spotIn central Anhui by providence impoverishedIn squalor, grow up to be a rebel hero, then a monarch?Time Period Covered:1364-1368 CEMajor Historical Figures:Ming:Zhu Yuanzhang (Hongwu Emperor) [r. 1368-1398]General Xu Da [1332-1385]General Chang Yuchun [1330-1369]Commander Li Wenzhong [1338-1384]Yuan:Emperor Toghon Temür [r. 1333-1368, 1368-1370]Crown Prince Ayushiridara [1340-1378]General Chaghan Temür [d. 1362]General Köke Temür [1330-1375]General Bolod Temür [d. 1364]Wu:Zhang Shicheng (King of Dazhou) [r. 1354-1367]General Li Bosheng See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

 #201 - Ming 1: Overflowing Martial Accomplishment | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:39:46

How does a peasant, orphan, son of a farmer in the Black Death, made a monk in the middle of a forgotten spot In central Anhui by providence impoverished In squalor, grow up to be a rebel hero, then a monarch? Time Period Covered: 1364-1368 CE Major Historical Figures: Ming: Zhu Yuanzhang (Hongwu Emperor) [r. 1368-1398] General Xu Da [1332-1385] General Chang Yuchun [1330-1369] Commander Li Wenzhong [1338-1384] Yuan: Emperor Toghon Temür [r. 1333-1368, 1368-1370] Crown Prince Ayushiridara [1340-1378] General Chaghan Temür [d. 1362] General Köke Temür [1330-1375] General Bolod Temür [d. 1364] Wu: Zhang Shicheng (King of Dazhou) [r. 1354-1367] General Li Bosheng

 #200 - Special: Di Er Bai Ji! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:14:13

It's our 200th(ish) episode!And so we take to the listeners to answer some of their burning questions about... Daoist gods... Islam in China... The Mandate of Heaven... sacrifices! ... the political expedience of murdering Mongol ambassadors... The Duke ... the names of emperors... technology transfers ... Korean empresses... and more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

 #200 - Di Er Bai Ji! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:14:13

It's our 200th(ish) episode! And so we we take to the listeners to answer some of their burning questions about... Daoist gods... Islam in China... The Mandate of Heaven... sacrifices! ... the political expedience of murdering Mongol ambassadors... The Duke ... the names of emperors... technology transfers ... Korean empresses... and more!

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