Category Archives: Chinese History

The Horrible, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Luck of the Brothers Zhao

Question: Define “Unlucky.” Answer: “Being born a son of the Song imperial family in the last days of the dynasty just as the Mongols were starting to slap around your army generals like the generals owed them the rent money.” The … Continue reading

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Chinese Academy of Social Sciences throwing shade at The New Qing History

Why did the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences launch an attack on Qing historians Mark Elliott, James Millward, and Pamela Crossley? It seems they had the temerity to challenge long-cherished tropes of Qing history, and that Just! Won’t! Do! Continue reading

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Confucian Confusion

Last week, China named Cuban strongman Fidel Castro the latest recipient of the Confucius Peace Prize, but the Peace Prize isn’t China’s only wholesale commandeering of her most famous sage, known for his philosophy of ethics and morals. Continue reading

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Censoring History

When an American historian tries to translate his latest book into Chinese, wacky hilarity ensues. . Continue reading

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Kennedy’s Aggression is Meeting with Growing Revulsion: 1962 Poster

What can a 1962 Xinhua poster tell us about Sino-US Relations during the Cold War? Guest post by author Scott D. Seligman. Continue reading

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