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University student studying math and economics. Interested in history and analyzing human relations.


Nov
16
comment What was the social status of a man who failed the civil service exams in Imperial China ( 1200 - 1800 AD )?
I love how the editing process has changed my question so many times that I don't even recognize it. But my original question was " who were the elites in Imperial China"? That is not the equivalent of "man who failed CSE"...
Nov
16
comment What was the social status of a man who failed the civil service exams in Imperial China ( 1200 - 1800 AD )?
But would they be accorded some status of being a learned person? Or might the stigma sink a person even lower?
Oct
31
comment Could invocation and revocation of bastardry be used to manipulate primogeniture?
How do you convert someone into a bastard?
Oct
3
comment What was the social status of a man who failed the civil service exams in Imperial China ( 1200 - 1800 AD )?
Haven't visited this question in a while, want to share that "Six Tales of a Floating Life" provided a lot of information for someone that wasn't quite an elite.
Apr
23
comment Why was China not colonized by any country?
Yes it is often forgotten that large parts of China were essentially colonized. Japan's 21 demands asked for control of Northeast China (Manchuria). Manchuko was a puppet kingdom of Japan.
Feb
22
comment Nymphodorus of Syracuse
There is no harm in trying...
Feb
22
comment How did a nomadic minority group the Manchus come to rule over China?
Thank you for the correction, I guess hunter gatherers evokes images of prehistoric times, pastoralists is indeed the correct term.
Feb
21
comment Historically accurate films about the English Civil War
I think we can edit this question to fit SE. Maybe ask what are common inaccuracies in films about the English Civil War? Then we can use examples and reference accurate films? Just a thought.
Feb
21
comment Role of Indian princes and aristocratic landowners under British colonial rule?
I will post this as a question and try to answer it myself. It's a topic that I've put in considerable time researching.
Feb
21
comment Did emperor Kangxi indirectly contribute to China's massive population and subsequent problem?
People in any age had family planning abilities. How people managed is best left for another question.
Feb
21
comment Role of Indian princes and aristocratic landowners under British colonial rule?
I assume you mean how an outside minority like the Mongols and the Manchus respectively came to rule over the largest empire in Asia? In both cases the invaders became firmly assimilated into Chinese culture. The Manchus especially adopted Confucianism and especially favored the Song school, as mentioned in my question. Their own culture faded into the background as the dynasty aged and Han Chinese administrators were key. I would say it was different in China. history.stackexchange.com/questions/7617/…
Feb
21
comment Role of Indian princes and aristocratic landowners under British colonial rule?
Nice book, is this fun reading or studying for something?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.