The longue durée
We last left off with Su Dongpo, who lived from 1037-1101. We will next pick up our story at the end of the seventeenth century. What was happening right here in northwest Connecticut 600 years ago? To what extent is that a helpful comparison for thinking about China?
How do you talk about history over a 600-year period? Which of those things can we present visually in a fairly digestible format?
First, poke around with the interactive Harvard World Map
Next, either using the map interface or doing your own outside search, pick a small handful of visuals that captures history in China from the Song to the early Qing.
“Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet”
The following quotations are drawn from among highly-respected European and American thinkers about China.