This program is over. Hope you didn't miss it! Browse other programs we offer A Journey Through Ancient China Ethnic Identity in Chinese History Evening Course Wednesday, May 31, 2023 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET Code: 1J0270B Location: This online program is presented on Zoom. Select your Tickets $25 Member $30 Non-Member Save when you purchase this program as a part of one of these series! 4 Program Series: A Journey Through Ancient China Find series tickets Resize text The Night Revels of Han Xizai (detail), 10th century, Palace Museum, Beijing China has more than 3,000 years of recorded history, but misconceptions abound at every stage. This series takes you on a thematic tour of four important topics in ancient Chinese history: religion, ethnicity, law, and eunuchs. Justin M. Jacobs, a professor of Chinese history at American University, gives you a nuanced overview based on the latest scholarship and illustrated with copious slides. Jacobs is the author of The Compensations of Plunder: How China Lost Its Treasures. He recently completed a 24-episode series on UNESCO World Heritage Sites for The Great Courses and is currently conducting research on the voyages of Captain Cook in the Pacific. Session Information Ethnic Identity in Chinese History The Chinese people are often perceived as a relatively homogenous ethnic group, but the reality is far more complex and surprising. Jacobs analyzes the earliest ideas regarding civilization and barbarism, the crucial role of northern nomads and their creation of the ethnonym “Han,” and just what it meant to be considered “Chinese” or “Han” in different places and times throughout history. Additional Sessions of the Journey through Ancient China Series May 24: Religion in Chinese History June 7: Law and Punishment in Chinese History June 14: Eunuchs in Chinese History General Information View Common FAQs and Policies about our Online Programs on Zoom.