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Examining the rise and fall of the Wei kingdom (History of the Three kingdoms)

Venue: Serangoon Public Library (Programme Zone), Level 4R of Nex shopping mall.

Nearest MRT station: Serangoon

Language: English

Speaker: Mr Yang Qinli

Speaker contact number:[masked]


The three kingdoms is a well known historical period, thanks to the novel, Romance of the three kingdoms. It is a period of war and unrest. The characters of the period have been romanticised in the novel to be noble heroes and cunning villians.

For this talk, we will focus on one of the significant warlord, Cao Cao, and his Wei kingdom. This kingdom, commonly refered to as Cao-Wei, was the strongest state throughout the period of three kingdoms. However, a power struggle broke out and the Cao family lost the control of the state. The new Jin state eventually unified China to establish the Jin Dynasty.

Why was Cao-Wei state so powerful? How and why did the Cao family eventually lose control of the state? Who was Cao Cao and what are the political and military measures he took that lead him to be one of the most powerful warlords? We shall explore these in details.

Some things to note:

1)The library is rather cold. Bring a jacket or thick clothings.

2) Please update your RSVP. Only reply "yes", if you are seriously showing up. Put yourself in the shoe of the speaker. It's quite demoralising for the speaker to see 30 "yes" but only 10 showed up. Also, the library will prepare refreshment accordingly to the expected number of participants. Its not nice to see the food wasted.

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  • Jennifer T.

    Sorry for can't make it on last minute.

    December 16, 2013

  • ron

    Can the next discussion be done with some translations in English?

    December 16, 2013

    • Yang Q.

      Thank you for your support. The talk on Cao Wei history was made possible in English because the references I referred to are in English. The next talks are in Chinese because there are many references to the ancient historial texts like "Chronicles of the three kingdom" (三国志, San Guo Zhi). These passages are all in Chinese and the archaic style makes it hard for me to translate effectively. It is best that it remains in Chinese as the original journals are in Chinese as well. Thank you for your understanding.

      December 16, 2013

  • ron

    Great insight and sharing, thanks. We both enjoyed the event and game.

    December 16, 2013

  • Brian L.

    Its awesome!!

    December 15, 2013

  • Joyce S.

    Through your examination, I have a better understanding of the rise and fall of the Wei Kingdom. Thank you for your effort.

    December 15, 2013

    • Yang Q.

      Thanks. Look forward to seeing you for the next session.

      December 15, 2013

  • Emily W.

    Enlightening and informative! Great crowd and active participation.Keep up the good work Qinli!

    December 14, 2013

    • Yang Q.

      Thanks. Glad you enjoyed yourself.

      December 15, 2013

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