The Great Wall of China: History and Myth with Jeremiah Jenne

The Great Wall of China: History and Myth with Jeremiah Jenne


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Perhaps more than any other structure, the Great Wall has become an indelible symbol of China and Chinese civilization. Yet, the history of the Great Wall is often misunderstood and shrouded in mythology, both ancient and modern. Is the Great Wall of China really thousands of years old? Can you see it from space? Is it true there are bodies forever entombed in its stones? Was it ever an effective deterrent against barbarian invasion? Did the Chinese finally get the Mongolians to pay for it? This seminar seeks to answer these questions as we explore in-depth the history of this extraordinary structure.

In this fun, informative, and occasionally irreverent talk, we will discuss the story of the wall, gently dispel a few myths, and talk about the significance of the wall in the history of China. Whether participants have walked the wall already, are planning to someday, or want to learn more about one of the world’s most famous sites, we will cover an array of topics.

Led by Jeremiah Jenne, a regular visitor of the Great Wall for the past 15 years, and an expert in late imperial and modern Chinese history, this conversation will deepen participants understanding of this wonder. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased knowledge of the history of the Great Wall as well as many of the lesser-traveled sections of the wall and the surrounding countryside.

Jeremiah is an American writer and historian based in Beijing since 2002. He has taught Chinese history and philosophy for nearly 10 years and has written extensively on China for a number of publications including The Economist, The Atlantic Monthly, Journal of Asian Studies, Asia Society, Los Angeles Review of Books, and The World of Chinese. His work can be found in the anthologies China in 2008: A Year of Great Significance, The Insider’s Guide to Beijing, and the 2015 collection While We’re Here: China Stories from a Writer’s Colony. He has appeared on Al Jazeera English, NPR, APM Marketplace, Beijing Radio, and the Sinica Podcast. Jeremiah produces and co-hosts the podcast Barbarians at the Gate and is frequently asked to speak on Chinese culture and history to corporate and school groups. Jeremiah also maintains the popular Chinese history website granitestudio.org

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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The Great Wall of China

Jeremiah was extremely knowledgable and personable. He provided a comprehensive history of the Great Wall along with great anecdotal information.

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Amazing educational escape

I’ve done Context tours all over the world. This was my first virtual experience. It went above my expectations. I would highly recommend. Can’t wait to sign up for another!

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Jeremiah presentation on the Great Wall provided context on the wall and how it came to be. His enthusiasm discussing the wall immersed me in the presentation.

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L
L.T.
The Great Wall of China

Jeremiah was extremely knowledgable and personable. He provided a comprehensive history of the Great Wall along with great anecdotal information.

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Guest did not leave comment

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B.
Amazing educational escape

I’ve done Context tours all over the world. This was my first virtual experience. It went above my expectations. I would highly recommend. Can’t wait to sign up for another!

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C.B.
Excellent

Jeremiah presentation on the Great Wall provided context on the wall and how it came to be. His enthusiasm discussing the wall immersed me in the presentation.