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Chapter 5: Cultural Roots – Chinese History

Chapter Five, “Source of culture and mindset - History at play”, gives a brief introduction to five thousand years of Chinese history. It goes through the various dynasties, and provides a list of key personalities (political, cultural, military, etc) over the centuries. The chapter also includes a listing of two hundred notable personalities in Chinese history, ranging from emperors to folk heroes. It ends with a brief outline of China’s decline, the advent of European domination in the East, important landmarks in recent Chinese history, and aspects of  current development.

 

A brief tour of 5,000 years of Chinese history is presented in chronological order, highlighting important events and personalities during each period. As Chinese history is quite often discussed in terms of dynasties, the same system is adopted.

 

A list of key personalities in Chinese history etched in Chinese mindset and psyche follows. They could be emperors, rulers, bureaucrats, military commanders; they could also be poets, novelists, Chinese medical practitioners. They certainly include well known figures or folk heroes such as Confucius, Laozi, Mengzi, Guan gong, or people not well known in the West.

 

The chapter ends with a brief outline of China's decline, the Opium war, in particular the advent of European and Japanese domination in the East.

 

Recent landmarks in history pertaining to the Chinese psyche is presented, highlighting some aspects of current development.

 

Topics presented in this website from this chapter include Fleet to the West, Opium War

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