The History of China podcast

The History of China

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Part 1 of my interview with Caroline Vahrenkamp of "The Wonders of the World Podcast" all about Beijing and it's meteoric rise as (the once and future) capital of China in the early Ming Dynasty!  See for privacy and opt-out information.

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BreathtakingI’ll be honest, when I started the podcast there were 150+ episodes and I thought it was a complete history. I am happy to report we’re not even close! His passion for the subject, attention to detail, and empathy for the listener comes across in ever podcast. Highly recommend!.Score: 5/5

EhThis podcast is a bit dry. I use this to augment my studies as a college student. But I typically find myself using other Chinese history podcasts..Score: 1/5

So much to learnGreat podcasts full of fascinating information on China’s long and interesting history..Score: 5/5

Extremely informative, detailed and interestingIf you like history, this podcast is for you..Score: 5/5

Great introduction to China’s historyStarted listening in anticipation of my first trip to China this summer. This is a great introduction to China’s fascinating history. Great stories well told in an accessible & enjoyable way..Score: 5/5

Scintillating, Absorbing, Illustrious and Sensationally Juicy!Every episode pulls you in. There is not one reality or scripted tv show that could entertain and educate as well this awesome podcast! Sans Doctor Who... The clear and vivid pictures that Chris paints with his comprehensive and Stimulating narrative rivals the even the most famous Pingshu. Sima Qian's Records of The Grand Historian and Bamboo Annals are in good hands. I'm sure The Jade Emperor is proud!.Score: 5/5

Finally a good podcast about CHINAWell prepared and presented podcast..Score: 5/5

It’s finally time for MONGOLS!!!Despite the daunting immensity I’ve Chinese history this podcast weaves a comprehensible and entertaining tapestry. Thorough and often hilarious!! He really puts in the work doing his research. And the titles are AWESOME!!! “...and here Han is stuck in the middle with Gaozu!!” Still dying!.Score: 5/5

Great research, great humor!I missed the Episode Hostage Crisis of May 31, 2019, but here’s a review anyway 🤪 I love the informal, yet highly informative style of this podcast. It makes my morning routine and commute so much more interesting. Re: the recent post on the UK cable on Tiananmen Square, I can’t wait for Chris to get to the May 4th movement and it being the origin of the CCP’s paranoia about populist movements overthrowing authoritarian regimes (*cough*Qingdynasty*cough*CCP*) I’ll just sit here and wait 50 years for those episodes 😉 Keep up the good work!.Score: 5/5

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Thorough and fascinating. A great joy to listen to. Thanks for all of your hard workThorough and fascinating. A great joy to listen to. Thanks for all of your hard work.Score: 5/5

Just what I was looking for!I really needed to listen to a new show as I stayed up late some nights with a newborn. This podcast was a great companion on those long nights. Of course, Crhis does a great job with his research and knowledge of Chinese History, a subject that is far less covered than other parts of the world (Europe and North America)..Score: 5/5

Just the right amount of detailAs a newcomer to Chinese history, Chris Stewart’s podcasts have the right amount of detail. His sense of humor helps to make the information interesting. He includes the important figures in the pod casts, but he could include more of their names in the synopsis of each pod cast. The History of China’s and Laszlo Montgomery’s China History podcasts are a nice pairing..Score: 5/5

Fabulous content & DeliveryFinally, a history podcast that does not consist of someone reading off the page. The host does a fabulous job in preparing immensely well for each episode and making the history come alive. While not in the same level as Dan Carlin (yet! He may be shortly!) he is way better than 90% of history podcasters out there even the more popular ones. Great job and keep doing what you are doing!.Score: 5/5

Not engagingThrows a bunch of names and dates of kings at you relentlessly, no flavor or sense of why the time was like for actual people. Just calling some brutal things awesome is about as far as he goes to make things interesting. Doesn’t review too much and with the endless stream of names it makes it very hard to keep straight what’s happening. Would prefer a wider cultural outlook..Score: 1/5

History repeats itself right until it doesn't...Some of the many, many things I learned from listening to this podcast: 1. Great Walls are awesome...if not at keeping nomads away, then at least you got a cool wall out of it. 2. No man is too great that he can't be made immortal by ingesting mercury, because have you SEEN that stuff? It looks rad. 3. You're not getting those 16 prefectures back. Give them up, man – you just look pathetic. 4. Shangdi created Korea to diminish Chinese martial hubris. 5. Remember how bad Vietnam went for both France and America? Well, China did that first, too. 6. When you get to the episode on rice, you'll fall in love with it. Nobody knows why. 7. Eunuchs are literally always at fault, even if they're not. 8. Wang Mang is a false prophet, don't believe his lies. 9. Yeah, those backwards Mongols look funny on their little ponies, but then someone starts yanking beards and all hell breaks loose. 10. The History of China Podcast is about the best way I can imagine you spending your free time..Score: 5/5

Comprehensible and EntertainingThis is a great resource for people looking to have a more nuanced view of Chinese history. The Dynastic periodization works well as a organizing format and I especially appreciate the overviews every few hundred years to recap, review, and evaluate content. As someone with only a passing knowledge of Chinese history I found this fascinating and it is full of applicable life lessons. Personally I have scrapped my plans for both the meat forest and the lake of wine as apparently they foretell the upcoming collapse of civilization..Score: 5/5

A great podcast with clear passion for the subjectAs an English speaker studying in Taiwan, It has been incredible resource. Until I can read the sources myself (shout out to traditional Chinese characters) this is my portal to the past. Thanks Chris for giving non-Chinese speakers a peek behind the silk curtain! Also thank for for your recap episodes after each period. Those darn Wu’s are numerous.Score: 5/5

Just what you're looking forChina enthusiasts have a hard time finding books and sources in English. Most books are general histories, and while the primary sources are available, there is no massive body of work to analyze them like what we have for Livy, Polybius, and Bede. This podcast does a great summation of significant parts of Chinese history, with just the appropriate amount of editorializing. Most histories cover an era in a single chapter, but HOC goes into good detail for each. You may always want more, but this one exceeded my expectations..Score: 5/5

Excellent showThank you.Score: 5/5

Keeps History Fun and EngagingThis is a great podcast for anyone who loves history. The podcaster is a great storyteller..Score: 5/5

If you like Mike Duncan, you’ll like thisOf all the history podcasts out there imitating Mike Duncan, this guy comes the closest. And because the topic is so different and so vast, you’re guaranteed to learn something here you won’t hear in any other history podcast. The only problem is that Chinese history (especially the period of disunity) is just SO alien to Western audiences, with place names and names of leaders so hard for Westerners to follow that it can be easy to lose the thread. Chris did a great job catching us up at the end of the period of disunity but that was dozens of episodes after I started getting lost, so keep that in mind when getting started.Score: 5/5

Assessable, humorous, history!A perfect intro to Chinese history and the host’s sarcasm helps remove the occasionally dry nature of history..Score: 5/5

Freakin Awesome!I love this podcast. I’m a history fan, but I’ve got a huge hole that needs to be filled when it comes to eastern history. This podcast fills that hole..Score: 5/5

New perspectives for a westernerA great show about a great topic. I never was taught much about the history of China in school and university and it’s been fascinating to learn about all that China has gone through..Score: 5/5

Funny, knowledgeable host and great historical overview and detailThis podcast is a must for anyone interest in Chinese history specifically or Asian history in general—novice, student, or teacher alike! The host is funny, the content and analysis is interesting, and the breadth covered is really impressive. There is a really impressive balance between providing a historical overview and adding in modern takes. I have assigned these podcasts in my teaching, but I also recommended to colleagues. I can’t recommend enough!.Score: 5/5

Amazing!My favorite podcast, Chinese history is just so fascinating, and the host really knows his stuff. There are plenty of great “History of X” podcasts (Byzantium, Japan, England and Egypt all spring to mind), but this is the only one that I loved as much as the History of Rome. If you haven’t listened to it (and you should), that’s high praise. Main takeaway: never trust a eunuch.Score: 5/5

Brutal I love itThis is how history is meant to be told. Classes of production, competition among exploiters, and all humanity pulled along the twists and turns..Score: 5/5

Fact and fiction are equalI majored in Chinese language in college and I was hoping to take a closer look at the history as I did with Mike Duncan and the history of Rome. However, he just presents translated texts with no distinguishing what is myth from what is verified history. I’m hoping someone comes along who can do better..Score: 2/5

Thank youYour podcast is one of my favorites. Thank you for making Chinese history so accessible..Score: 5/5

Enjoyable and freshReally enjoy the hosts casual delivery. Can’t speed to his history chops as unfortunately I’m a Chinese history newb..Score: 5/5

China teaches indoctrinationI hate to correct the podcaster, but history is not a subject in Chinese schools. And if China takes over, history will be banned, erased, and hidden..Score: 1/5

History of ChinaI will probably never remember the names, but Chris does a great job of relating the stories! Fantastic show - well reasearched and organized..Score: 5/5

GoodInformative.Score: 3/5

ExcellentListen to this even if you know nothing about China. Great narration and captivating storytelling..Score: 5/5

A great way to learn about China's historyChris has *the* show on China's history. Incredibly in-depth, long-running, and engaging..Score: 5/5

Well researched and entertainingGreat podcast!.Score: 5/5

Well ResearchedMost detailed English podcast about Chinese political history. The host takes time to delivery quality information that few know about. My favorite segment is about the Song Dynasty. It definitely changed my original perception of that dynasty..Score: 5/5

FantasticI recently discovered history podcasts. This one has become one of my favorites. The host is easy to listen to. I never get bored and tune him out. I highly recommend this to anyone looking to learn more about this part of the world..Score: 5/5

Great podcastKnowing little about East Asian history, this podcast has been both eye opening and fun!.Score: 5/5

The Chinese is spoken as Chinese. I forgive much for that!(May change to 5 stars) I’m at the Zhou Jin conflict so super early on. And yes - growing pains, but mainly I am here for this because GROWTH is happening. The narrative is there and learning about how to podcast is happening. But - my son is taking Chinese. I speak 1 language well, and 2 others badly. But I have an ear for languages so cannot thank you enough for taking this on - exposing English speakers to tones and explaining the “homophon-erific” Chinese language. Just hearing all these places, names, concepts done well and translations done with affection makes my heart so happy. I look forward to your later episodes (ahhhh am I sure I want to get to 2020?).Score: 5/5

AwesomeThis is a great podcast, it is so interesting I just love it. He has a great voice that is so easy to listen to, I listen to a lot of history podcasts but only recently found the history of China but it has instantly become one of my favorites.Score: 5/5

I am constantly looking for podcasts that measure upThis was one of the first history podcasts I ever listened to, and it has set the bar for me. No longer can I tolerate history podcasts jumping from date to date willy-nilly. No- it needs to be chronological with excellent cultural context and side anecdotes to bring the era to life. While some of the names do get confusing after a while, you really only need to remember them until they are either exiled, executed, or die peacefully of old age which seem to be the only three options open to the movers and shakers of Imperial China. The dips into palace intrigue are fascinating, especially since there’s about 2,000+ years of backstabbing, backroom deals, puppet emperors, and... eunuchs. I also enjoy his nuances and unbiased take on some of the most notorious people in Chinese history. His episodes on the infamous Empress Wu and Empress Liu were excellent in particular, with his cautions of Confucian revisionist history and general common sense. I have tried other podcasts but I’ve been spoiled by this one- I look forward to every episode, and often go back to listen to particularly complicated episodes for clarity. Great job, and keep it up!.Score: 5/5

In My Top 5 Podcasts.Hard to keep the foreign names straight, but working on it. Was listening to CHP, but this one is better to me because it follows a linear timeline from beginning forward. Love the little jokes peppered throughout the narrative..Score: 5/5

WonderfulThank you so much for telling China’s story to an English audience. You’ve provided me with many hours of entertainment and education..Score: 5/5

Very informative and entertainingI’ve learned so much about Chinese history, this podcast is great.Score: 5/5

So far so goodUpdated: I really enjoy the narrative and enthusiasm. As an avid history buff, I’m always on the lookout for a great podcast. Can definitely recommend! Podcaster speaks very quickly. I’ve discovered .8 speed on the “other” platform works. It’s a tad slow at .8 but much better than 1x. To podcaster: I kindly request that you slow down when speaking. It is hard to absorb what is being said. Thank you..Score: 4/5

Incredibly well doneThis podcast is an amazing guide through the history of the oldest nation on the planet. There is A LOT to cover, indeed. If that is an overwhelming thought, don’t knock the podcast. It’s just not for you..Score: 5/5

MehHard to get into. Seems like the same thing happening over and over..Score: 3/5

My favorite history podcastGreat podcast. At this point it’s like an old friend..Score: 5/5

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MrVery informative - loving the content and manner in which it is presented..Score: 5/5

The History of ChinaI’ve recently discovered this very engaging & well-researched podcast (as you’d expect from a member of the Agora Podcast Network). Excellently scripted, with a dry sense of humour, I can strongly recommend this listen for anyone interested in the origins of one of the powerhouse nations of all time..Score: 4/5

Excellent listeningI've been going to China for years. I studied Chinese history and language. And yet, with all my knowledge, I still struggle to "get" China. It's not like European history, in which there are distinct themes and familiar ideas on which to latch. Chinese history is disparate. Well, I used to think so. Until I began listening to Chris' podcasts. With his distinct sense of the absurd he manages to put everything into a perspective that makes China accessible. I can't rave highly enough of these podcasts..Score: 5/5

Awesome podcastExcellent presentation of complex material in a highly entertaining and easily understandable manner. These guys put Game of Thrones to shame!!.Score: 5/5

Best history PodcastTold with energy, accuracy and good humor, I look forward to devouring every episode.Score: 5/5

ExcellentPresented in a way that mixes masses of information with a twist of humour at times. Give this podcast a chance and you will be hooked..Score: 5/5

Interesting and entertainingHaving previously known absolutely nothing about Chinese history and then beginning to date a Chinese history enthusiast, I started listening to this podcast so that I could engage in history discussions with my partner. And this podcast turned out to be fantastic for that purpose. The chronological order makes it super accessible, and pretty soon I was even able to tell my partner some things they hadn’t known!.Score: 5/5

Eye openingHighly recommend A historical narrative comparable to the big ones, history of Rome, Byzantium , British... Eye opening similarities & synergies with the Chinese empire with the great western powers. Rises & Downfalls. 👏👏👏.Score: 5/5

Complex made interestingGreat for China and history nerds alike..Score: 5/5

Loving it.Tight episodes. Humor. Very listenable. I mean, I knew very little Chinese history before this and know I know more having gone through 37 episodes while commuting, but if you're going to cram a chinese history, this is a great one to do it with..Score: 5/5

Best podcast2nd best podcast ever!.Score: 5/5

Great podcastI just wanted to say thanks for making this podcast. I started listening probably two months ago and have enjoyed every episode. I didn’t really think I’d ever have time to learn about Chinese history, but this podcast relievers the information in a very straightforward and interesting way beyond dates and places..Score: 5/5

ThanksThanks very much for the podcast. Very interesting and educational..Score: 5/5

First 3 episodes are okayHave just started listening to this podcast. Each episode starts with a possible homage to The History of Rome, with an almost identically phrased and toned welcome. Almost expect "hello...and welcome.. to the history of r- I mean China". Doesn't yet match up to the high standards of its obvious inspiration, in content, humour or narration. But it is early days yet, and I will continue for now to listen in..Score: 3/5

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The History of China Podcast Episodes

#216 - Special: Interview with Caroline Vahrenkamp of The Wonders of the World Podcast, Pt. 1

Part 1 of my interview with Caroline Vahrenkamp of "The Wonders of the World Podcast" all about Beijing and it's meteoric rise as (the once and future) capital of China in the early Ming Dynasty!  See for privacy and opt-out information.

#215 - Ming 9: The Good Times Are Killing Me

The Yongle Emperor decides to build a new capital. It goes well!He also decides to invade both Mongolia and Vietnam. It goes not so well.Time Period:1402-1424 CEMajor Historical Figures:Ming:The Yongle Emperor (Zhu Di) [r. 1402-1424]General Zhang Fu [1375-1449]Gen. Mu Sheng [1368-1439]Mongol Khanates:Bunyashiri of the Eastern Tribes [d. 1412]Mahmud of the Oirat [d. 1416]Arughtai of the Oirat [d. 1434]Dai Viet:Ho Qui Ly [1336- ca. 1407]Tran Thien-binh [d. 1406]Tran Nguy [?-?]Tran Qui-khoang (Trung Quang Emperor) [d. 1414]Le Loi [1384-1433]  See for privacy and opt-out information.

#214 - History's Most: "History's Worst Civil War," with Alexander Clifford & Peter Daisley

A great conversation with Alex & Peter of "History's Most" about the worst civil war many have *still* never heard of - the Taiping Rebellion!Check out their great show at:  See for privacy and opt-out information.

#213 - Ming 8: Oh, Happy Days!

The Yongle Emperor has taken command... and we're in for a really, really, really great time....Time Period Covered: 1402-1424 CE  See for privacy and opt-out information.

#212 - Ming 7: The Incredible Vanishing Emperor!

The civil war between the Jianwen Emperor and his uncle, the Prince of Yan, rages on across the realm. Both sides will feel the terror and pain of the fearsome realities combat... but in the end, only one will be left standing.Time Period Covered:1399-1402 CEMajor Historical Figures:The Jianwen Emperor (Zhu Yunwen) [r. 1398-1402]Zhu Di, the Prince of Yan [1360-1424]Minister Huang Zicheng [1350-1402]Minister Qi Tai [d. 1402]Minister Fang Xiaoru [1357-1402]General Geng Bingwen [1334-1403]General Li Jinglong [1369-1424]Major Works Cited:Andrade, Tonio. “How Yongle learned to stop worrying and love the gun” in The Ming World.Chan, Hok-lam. “The Chien-wen, Yung-lo, Hung-hsi, and Hsüan-te Reigns, 1399-1435” in The Cambridge History of China, Vol. 7: The Ming Dynasty, 1368-1633, Part I.Ditmanson, Peter. “Venerating the Martyrs of the 1402 Usurpation: History and Memory in the Mid and late Ming Dynasty” in T’oung Pao, Second Series, Vol. 93.Ditmanson, Peter. “Fang Xiaoru: Moralistic Politics in the Early Ming” in The Human Tradition in Premodern China.  See for privacy and opt-out information.

#211 - Ming 6: The Jingnan Rebellion

In the wake of the Hongwu Emperor's death, his grandson - Zhu Yunwen - will assume command. He's been brought up and trained in the highest of Confucian ethics and morals, and will seek to curb the excesses of his dear grandfather's... more bloodthirsty policies. But not everyone is thrilled at the new leaf being turned in the book of the regime... especially those who stand to lose much more than they could possibly gain.Time Period Covered:1398-1399 CEMajor Historical Figures:The Jianwen Emperor (Zhu Yunwen) [r. 1398-1402]Zhu Di, the Prince of Yan [1360-1424]Minister Huang Zicheng [1350-1402]Minister Qi Tai [d. 1402]Minister Fang Xiaoru [1357-1402]General Geng Bingwen [1334-1403]General Li Jinglong [1369-1424]Major Works Cited:Andrade, Tonio. “How Yongle learned to stop worrying and love the gun” in The Ming World.Chan, Hok-lam. “The Chien-wen, Yung-lo, Hung-hsi, and Hsüan-te Reigns, 1399-1435” in The Cambridge History of China, Vol. 7: The Ming Dynasty, 1368-1633, Part I.Ditmanson, Peter. “Venerating the Martyrs of the 1402 Usurpation: History and Memory in the Mid and late Ming Dynasty” in T’oung Pao, Second Series, Vol. 93.Ditmanson, Peter. “Fang Xiaoru: Moralistic Politics in the Early Ming” in The Human Tradition in Premodern China.  See for privacy and opt-out information.

#210 - Ming 5: The Problem With Princes

The Hongwu Emperor enters the twilight of his life. But before he's ready to ride off into that long sunset, he's going to take a hell of a lot more people with him...Time Period:1387-1398 CEMajor Historical FIgures:The Hongwu Emperor (Zhu Yuanzhang) [r. 1368-1398]Crown Prince Zhu Biao [1355-1392]Crown Prince Zhu Yunwen (The Jianwen Emperor) [1377-1402]Zhu Shuang, the Prince of Qin [1356-1395]Zhu Gang, the Prince of Jin [1358-1398]Zhu Di, the Prince of Yan [1360-1424]Zhu Su, the Prince of Zhou [1361-1425]General Fu Youde [1327-1394]General Feng Sheng [d. 1395]Major Sources:Langlois, John D., Jr. “The Hung-Wu-Reign” in The Cambridge History of China, Vol. 7: The Ming Dynasty, 13698-1644m Part I.Robinson, David M. In the Shadow of the Mongol Empire: Ming China and Eurasia.Sun, Bing. “The burial system of imperial concubines in the Ming Dynasty and the ‘ancestral system’ of the Ming Dynasty.”  See for privacy and opt-out information.

#209-Mongol 17.1: Rivers of Ink & Blood

(NOTE: This is Pt. 1 or 2. The Full Episode & all other bonus content is available via has ascended as the Great Khan of the Mongols and set loose his younger brother, Hulegu Ilkhan to bring the Islamic world to heel. The Caliph of the Abbasid Dynasty, al-Mustasim, sits ensconced in his citadel city of Baghdad - the jewel of Islam - and believes that Allah above and his loyal subjects beneath will be more than a match for barbarian hordes.He's about to learn a lesson neither he - nor the world - will ever forget...Time Period Covered:1258-1259 CEMajor Historical Figures:Mongol Empire:Hülegü Ilkhan [ca. 1215-1265]General Kitbukha [d. 1260]General Baiju [1201-1260]Abbasid Caliphate:al-Musta’sim-Billah Abu-Ahmad Abdullah bin al-Mustansir Billah, 37th Caliph [1213-1258]Governor Shahab al Din Sulaiman shah [d. 1258]Vizier Ibn al Alkami [1197-1258]Major Sources Cited:Al-Din, Rashid. Jami al Tararikh (Compendium of Histories).Al-Din, Rashid (tr. John Andrew Boyle). The Successors of Genghis Khan.Chugtai, Mizra Azeem Baig. “The Fall of Baghdad” in The Annal of Urdu Studies.Daftary, Farhad. The Isma’ilis: Their History and Doctrines.Hillenbrand, Robert. “Propaganda in the Mongol ‘World History’” in British Academy Review, issue 17 (March 2011).Hodgson, M. G. S. “The Isma’ili State” in The Cambridge History of Iran, Vol. 5: The Saljuq and Mongol Periods.Jamal, Nadia Eboo. Surviving the Mongols: Nizari Quhistani and the Continuity of Ismaili Tradition in Persia.Marozzi, Justin. Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood.Paris, Matthew of (tr. John Allen Giles). Chronica Majora (Matthew Paris’s English History From the Year 1235 to 1273, Volume 1).Saunders, J.J. The History of the Mongol Conquests.van Ruysbroeck, Willem (tr. W. W. Rockhill & Peter Jackson). The journey of William of Rubruck to the eastern parts of the world, 1253-55, as narrated by himself, with two accounts of the earlier journey of John of Pian del Carpine.Wiet, Gaston. Baghdad: Metropolis of the Abbasid Caliphate.  See for privacy and opt-out information.

#208 - Ming 4: To Pick at the Dragon's Scales

To both the north and south, the armies of Great Ming continue to achieve order from chaos and stability across the realm, in the imperial palace at Nanjing, the Hongwu Emperor sits the Dragon Throne - as mercurial and temperamental as its very namesake... and woe betide anyone who stokes the dragon's wrath. Still, in the name of greater peace (and fewer mass slaughters), many a brave (and often fatally foolish)scholar will tempt fate by trying to tell Hongwu what he's doing wrong.Time Period Covered:1379-1389 CEMajor Historical Figures:Ming:The Hongwu Emperor (Zhu Yuanzhang) [r.1368-1398]Duke Li Wenzhong [d. 1384]General Fu Youde [d. 1394]General Feng Sheng [?]General Lan Yu [d. 1393]General Mu Ying [d. 1392]Scholar Chen Wenhui [d. 1381]Scholar Li Shilu [d. 1381]Scholar Xie Jin [1369-1415]Yuan/Yunnanese:Toghus Temür Khan [d. 1388]Basalawarmi, the Prince of Liang [d. 1382]General Naghachu [d. 1388]Si Lunfa, Chieftain of Shan [d. 1386?]Major Works Cited:Crossley, Pamela Kyle, et al. Empire at the Margins: Culture, Ethnicity and Frontier in Early Modern China.Dillon, Michael. China’s Muslim Hui Community: Migration, Settlements and Sects.Langlois, John D., Jr. “The Hung-Wu-Reign” in The Cambridge History of China, Vol. 7: The Ming Dynasty, 13698-1644m Part I.Tsai, Shi-shan Henry. The Eunuchs in the Ming Dynasty.g.  See for privacy and opt-out information.

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