From Peasant to Emperor: the Life of Liu Bang is a novel about a peasant who sets out to conquer the world even though he's only a few years shy of fifty (ancient, for his Han China
Despite the seeming contradiction in what he said and did, his final remarks on the comparative nature of Han China
and imperial Rome, the very last words in the study, are worth the consternation (small as it really was).
Tibetans have their own ethnicity, culture and language that is distinct from Han China
, and was only formally integrated into the state of China after an armed dispute with the Tibet government and the Dalai Lama in the 1950s.
'It starts with scattered agriculture; and branches off to hydraulic agriculture as in Han China
and ancient Egypt.
The Silk Road refers to an ancient network of trade routes that was used from 130 BC, when Han China
opened trade with the West, to 1453 AD when the Ottoman Empire decided to end trade with the West and closed the routes.
Following the trail of his subject throughout history, Kurlansky begins with Han China
, when paper as we know it was most likely invented.
As Timothy Potts wrote in the catalogue to the Fitzwilliam Museum's 2012 exhibition 'The Search for Immortality: Tomb Treasures of Han China
': 'The foundational nature of this achievement is reflected in the fact "Han" has ever since been an epithet for the quintessentially Chinese: the Chinese language is Hanyu, the Chinese script is Hanzi, and the people who derive from the territories of the empire [...] are Hanren.'
The archaeological record appears to provide some evidence for these very early trade contacts between Han China
Think, Morris suggests, of the Roman Empire, Han China
, Mauryan India or the nations of 18th-century Europe.
The Huainanyi: A Guide to the Theory and Practice of Government in early Han China
, translated by John S.
The world's greatest empires spread from Rome in the West to the Han China
in the East when the East became far ahead of the West in terms of innovations.
Among specific topics discussed are phonology in the Chinese script and its relationship to early Chinese literacy, the evidence for scribal training at Anyang, education and the way of the former kings, and uses of writing by male and female artisans in Qin and Han China