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Feb
21
awarded  Nice Question
Feb
20
comment Did emperor Kangxi indirectly contribute to China's massive population and subsequent problem?
My bias is that the population count increased because officials were now encouraged to be more honest. I don't think there was an actual population spike. Your graph helps this question tremendously!
Feb
20
revised Did emperor Kangxi indirectly contribute to China's massive population and subsequent problem?
Extended my question.
Feb
20
comment Why did China shut itself out of the world in the 15th century?
If you already understand Confucianism, then maybe read Neo-Confucian Thought in Action: Wang Yang-ming’s Youth. Read the analects (Oxford) if you haven't. I haven't read Neo Confucianism in History by Bol but I plan to. These are pretty academic works and probably won't give you a completely satisfactory understanding but contain good parts in my opinion.
Feb
20
comment Why did China shut itself out of the world in the 15th century?
@Drux, thanks for your comment. I am not used to posting links unless they are special knowledge. Personally I see no point in linking wikipedia or other general resources but perhaps I should do that to get better answers.
Feb
19
asked Did emperor Kangxi indirectly contribute to China's massive population and subsequent problem?
Feb
19
answered Books on the history of modern China for pleasure reading?
Feb
19
comment Who was Asselin FitzArthur?
Very interesting indeed, was not able to find anything more online either. A professor said that there are indeed many people in history that we know very little about.
Feb
17
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17
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Feb
17
comment Why did China shut itself out of the world in the 15th century?
why the downvote? I would like to know in order to improve my answer and future answers.
Feb
17
revised Why did China shut itself out of the world in the 15th century?
grammatical errors
Feb
17
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Feb
16
comment Were Soviet warships allowed to use the Panama canal?
Haha I didn't down vote because I was thinking what Nathan said.
Feb
16
answered Why did China shut itself out of the world in the 15th century?
Feb
16
asked What was the social status of a man who failed the civil service exams in Imperial China ( 1200 - 1800 AD )?
Feb
16
comment Life in the middle ages for ordinary people?
Thank you, still trying to locate an English translation if there is one out there...
Feb
15
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15
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Feb
15
comment Life in the middle ages for ordinary people?
@SamuelRussell Thank you very much your last comment was most elucidating, you have helped me debunk my "thesis". Good thing I did not write too much yet.