Thursday, February 18, 2010

#7 - Ancient China - Chinese Philosophy

Introducing three schools of thought during China's ancient and early imperial periods. Vocabulary includes Confucianism, Confucius, Dao, Daoism, Laotzi, Tao Te Ching, Legalism, Shang Yang, Period of Warring States, Qin.

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

#6 - Ancient China - Introduction to China

The geography of China, with an overview of the Shang dynasty and introducing the Zhou dynasty. Vocabulary includes: Huang He, Mongolia, Chang Jiang, Yellow Sea, Yuan River, Gobi, South China Sea, Xia Dynasty, Shang Dynasty, Anyang, Pictographs, Zhou Dynasty,
Mandate of Heaven, Filial Piety, Silk, ancestor veneration

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Sunday, January 31, 2010

#5 - Ancient India - The Mogul Dynasty

A brief overview of the Mogul Dynasty of India. Also contains some material on the British colonial overtures in India in the 18th century. Vocabulary includes: Mogul, Babur, Akbar, Zamindar, Jahangir, Shah Jahan, Taj Mahal, Aurengzeb, East India Company, Sir Robert Clive.

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#4 - Ancient India - India After the Guptas

A brief introduction to Timur Lenk, the Sultanate of Delhi and the period of time after the Gupta Dynasty but prior to the Mogul takeover of India.

Vocabulary includes: Ghazni, Mahmud of Ghazni, rajputs, Samarkand, Timur Lenk, Moguls, Dandin.

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

#3 - Ancient India - The Mauryas, The Kushans and The Guptas

A very brief overview of the Mauryas and the Guptas, with an even briefer description of the Kushan Kingdom. Vocabulary includes: Chandragupta Maurya, Asoka Maurya, Silk Road, Kushans, nomadic warriors, Huns, Chadragupta, Samudragupta, Chandragupta II, Aryabhata, Patiliputra.

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#2 - Ancient India - Hinduism and Buddhism

A brief introduction to Hinduism and Buddhism. Vocabulary includes: Raja, Vedas, Hinduism, Varna, Jati, Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Siddhartha Gautama, Buddhism, the Buddha, Nirvana, Theravada, Mahayana, Four Noble Truths, Eightfold Path.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010