BBC In Our Time - The Han Synthesis Listening Guide


This is an optional listening guide to help you complete the assigned material. Below you will find questions to consider as you listen, as well important vocabulary and time codes to look up particular segments. Note that time codes may not work on mobile phones.

Topics Covered: Qin Dynasty, Han Dynasty, Qin Shi Huangdi, Liu Bang, Han Wudi, Confucianism, civil service, yinyang, five phases, immortality

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[00:19] Introduction

[1:27] Qin Dynasty - What did the Qin achieve before the Han? Vocabulary: chaos, feudal, aspiration

[3:42] Liu Bang - Who was Liu Bang? What was his relationship with Confucianism? Vocabulary: backfire, convict, conscript, decapitation, upsurge, literati, pragmatic

[7:01] Han Developments - How did the Han differ from the Qin? Who was Han Wudi? What is the "civil service"? Vocabulary: fief, stringent, cosmology, legitimacy, colony, monopoly, precondition, upstart, enthronement

[12:45] Core Ideas - How are the ideas of yin and yang, the "five phases", and qi understood? Vocabulary: impetus, genuflect, consolidation, immortality, incense, implement, numerology, sumptuary

[23:05] Government - Who are the so-called "modernists" and "reformers"?

[25:42] After the Han - What are the lasting effects of the Han Synthesis on China? Vocabulary: cyclic


Vocabulary

chaos, feudal, aspiration, backfire, convict, conscript, decapitation, upsurge, literati, pragmatic, fief, stringent, cosmology, legitimacy, colony, monopoly, precondition, upstart, enthronement, impetus, genuflect, consolidation, immortality, incense, implement, numerology, sumptuary, cyclic