Episode 103: The Classical Era in the East, or “They Built a Great Wall and Made the Huns Pay For It!”

Join us as we explore the Classical Era in the East (600 BCE – 600 CE). We’ll look at India now that we can read their writing, see how China used political philosophy to set itself up for the next two millennia and figure out why all of these massive empires collapsed.

And then onto China, where a guy named Shi Huangdi basically sets up China to dominate the next 1 ½ millennia but gets a bad rap because he killed a few Confucians. Finally, we’ll figure out how these incredible, powerful classical empires finally fell. Short answer: the Huns.

Act 1: Thank God for Sanskrit (Classical India)

Act 2: The (First) Rise of China (Classical China)

Act 3: All Good Things Must Come to an End (Decline of Classical Empires)

 

So, at the end of the Classical Era, the Mediterranean Region has an enormous power vacuum after the fall of Rome and there isn’t a lot of long-standing cultural unity that helps them stay together and weather the storm. Meanwhile, India and China are well accustomed to periods of chaos – whether it be localized rule or warring states – and their belief systems of Hinduism and Confucianism will make it easier to remain united even when new powers step in. And a new power is going to rise in the East in a trading city called Mecca.

But first, we’ll move into the Postclassical Era, often called the Medieval Era in European history. We’ll see it all: moats, chariot racing riots, torture devices, and a little piece of paper called the Magna Carta.

 

To be continued…

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