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#1 Earl_of_Rochester

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Posted 26 June 2011 - 06:18 PM

Hi all,

I don't know if this has been done before so my apologies if it has. BBC Radio 4 has an excellent programme called 'In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg', which covers a diverse range of topics from religion, philosophy and history. There is a topic for China and the Warring States which I thought would be appopropriate for this forum.

The link is here: http://www.bbc.co.uk...rammes/p004y24k

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Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the astonishing productivity of the Chinese Golden Age. 400 BC to 200 AD is known as the Axial Age, when great civilisations in Asia and the Mediterranean forged the ideas that dominated the next two thousand years. In China the equivalent to the Golden Age in Greece was the Warring States Period. It was a time of political turmoil, economic change and intellectual ferment that laid the foundations for the first Chinese Empire. Astronomy was systematised, the principles of Yin and Yang were invented, Confucianism grew and Taoism emerged, as a hundred schools of thought are reputed to have vied for the patronage of rival kings.
Why was a period of war such a fertile age for culture and thought, what kinds of ideas were developed and how do they still inform the thinking of nearly a fifth of the world’s population?
With Dr Chris Cullen, Director of the Needham Research Institute at Cambridge University; Dr Vivienne Lo, Lecturer at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine; Carol Michaelson, Assistant Keeper of Chinese Art in the Department of Oriental Antiquities at the British Museum.


I hope this will be of some interest.

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#2 FlavivsIgnotvs

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Posted 29 June 2011 - 08:20 AM

Hi all,

I don't know if this has been done before so my apologies if it has. BBC Radio 4 has an excellent programme called 'In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg', which covers a diverse range of topics from religion, philosophy and history. There is a topic for China and the Warring States which I thought would be appopropriate for this forum.

The link is here: http://www.bbc.co.uk...rammes/p004y24k

Details:



I hope this will be of some interest.

EoR


Excellent tip! Pretty decent introduction to the history of the Warring States, methinks.
I'm rather a fan of this series, but the Warring States episode wasn't in the archive yet. Again, thanks for pointing it out. :please:
I heartily recommend everyone to browse the archive In Our Time
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