Week 12, Friday: April 30

Schedule for today:

  • I will add the posts for Week 11 to the randomizer and load it to the webpage, and then you can begin to comment on the blog posts using Hypothes.is (group HST271). That link has all the info on what to do and four blogs from the Randomizer. Comments are due on Monday night. Don't forget to collect your points in the Canvas Declaration Quiz! (linked in the assignment description)
  • I aim to have the Webpage for week 13 up later today, but I am getting my Covid vaccine jab early this morning so if I have a bad reaction, it may take a bit longer.
  • Webpage for week 13 will be up on Friday or Saturday, but it will mainly say the following two things:
    • Write write write
    • Prepare for your presentation!
  • Submit your 5-15 report on Sunday

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

Old print with four people, one of them in the center is seated and wears a hat and a long flowing gown in gold, with a red cape, he appears to be served by a young boy who wears a garment that exposes one shoulder. To the left is a man holding a bow and with a quiver of arrows on his waste, with his back to the viewer, the man seems to point to the left of the picture. On the right, a woman in a long blue gown bordered with red stands with her arms folded.
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. "Buricti O Barga-Buriatt." New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed November 13, 2020. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e1-184f-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

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