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The Lay-Osborn Flotilla of 1862-63 HistoryAfter China's defeat in the Opium Wars it is amazing that China then chose to buy a naval force from its former enemy Britain. Although boats were duly made, China refused to take delivery of them and Anglo-Chinese relations went into a further decline. Read more…
Foot binding HistoryAfter the Han dynasty the custom of foot binding of girls from a very early age kept them house bound. The tradition lasted from the Sui to the Qing dynasty and was at times inflicted on half of all girls. It was seen as a badge of wealth of a household because it implied that the family was rich enough to not need women to carry out physical work. In poor areas the feet of women were not bound so they had to share the work of husbands in manual labor. Slightly richer families would have girls' feet bound and live out their lives indoors, bringing up the family. Read more…
Chinese TorturesChina since early Imperial times has had a system of brutal punishments for crime. Torture was routinely used to extract a confession and there was no defence attorney to help you. For high treason a particularly gruesome and painful death was devised - death by a thousand cuts. Even today China uses the death penalty more frequently than the rest of the world put together. Read more…
Most countries can look back at a few hundred years of continuous recorded history; China looks back at thousands of years. From earliest times an accurate account of events has been treasured by the Chinese, this is embodied in the character
shǐ ‘ 史 history’ which also has the meaning ‘impartial’. Chinese people know their heritage well and have a long tradition of revering their ancestors. A good knowledge of Chinese history is essential to understanding and relating to its people.
We include pages on all the main dynasties as well as significant events in Chinese history, up to the foundation of the
Republic in 1912 (modern history is in a separate section), including the Taiping Rebellion; coming of railways; the Imperial system; and the Opium Wars. We will continue to add further topics.
News about ChinaOur news page covers subjects you probably won't have spotted elsewhere. We tend to avoid politics and economics to concentrate more on stories of traditions and culture. We try to choose good, positive news stories when we can find them. Read more…
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- History Index Qing Dynasty - Taiping Rebellion - Railways - Treaty ports - Lay - Osborn - Opium Wars - Ming Dynasty - Yuan Dynasty - Song Dynasty - Five Dynasties - Tang Dynasty - Empress Wu Zetian - Eunuchs - Officials - Sui Dynasty - Period of Disunity - Han Dynasty - Qin Dynasty - Warring States - Spring and Autumn - Early Dynasties - Emperor - Eunuchs - Officials - Kowtow - Hanlin academy - Early British contacts - Leibniz - Chinoiserie
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