Schedule for today:
Weekend long "read"
If you've had enough of China, and enough of staring at screens, here is a podcast to listen to that is only tangentially connected to Chinese history! Before the Manchu, there were the Mongols, and before them, there were many other groups like the Jurchen, Khitan, Turks, and Xiongnu (or Hun, if you follow the animated Disney's Mulan canon). There were many horse-riding pastoral nomads who occupied much of Central Asia, and occasionally ruled over other parts of Eurasia (hello, Qing dynasty, HST271!) Prof. Pamela Crossley is a scholar of Qing-Manchu history, but her interests roam far and wide across the Eurasian continent, as she demonstrates in this interview. She posits a provocative thesis: what if we turn things around, and see the big "Chinese" and "European" empires as the periphery, and Central Asia as the center? How does our view of history change?
If you have an hour to spare, worth listening to try and think differently about the much maligned "barbarians" of Central Asia: Episode 185: The Anvil and Forge That Created the Modern World