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Han Dynasty Death Rattle & The Mystery of Queen Himiko | 191AD-200AD

The Han Dynasty collapse occurs in it‘s final hour and swan song; and what can we know of Japan’s elusive Queen Himiko?



For this conclusion of A.D. History’s second century season, the Han Dynasty’s collapse and Japan’s Queen Himiko come to the forefront. With the close of the second season, it is a truly fitting climax. 

The Han Dynasty’s Collapse: A Long Time Coming

As Patrick delves chaotic end of China’s Han Dynasty, we see the collapse of a true ancient super power.

After re establishing the Eastern Han Dynasty following the brief and ineffective rule of Wang Mang’s ill fated Xin Dynasty, the Han experienced an extended boom period.

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Economic prosperity and territorial reacquisition were achieved within a century of the newest iteration of the Han Dynasty. Yet it would prove to be a shooting star in history.

The endemic corruption of the Han Dynasty ran clear to the top. Hardball political power players managed to actively weaken choices of Han emperors, by maneuvering to place very younger and easily manipulated rulers on the throne.

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Moreover, the Han systems of meritocracy through civil service examines eroded the empire’s administration as well – mostly through one paying to play.

The Han Dynasty’s collapse is undoubtedly the first such major player to exit the stage in A.D. History. However, it will not be the last. 

Queen Himiko of Japan: The Historical Quagmire

Queen Himiko of Japan is one of the most elusive figures – a very important one – in Japanese history. Though despite Himiko’s notoriety, establishing her existence historically is one of the hottest debates for Japanese historians.

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Queen Himiko, according the Chinese Book of Wei, was the Queen of 30 communities in Japan. Himiko came to power in the late second century, after a near century of a poorly defined conflict in Japan. Apparently she spell binded her people, and ruled with her younger brother acting as the face of her rule.

The enduring problem with Himiko’s history is that no Japanese historical sources make mention of her at all. The two main texts used to understand classical Japanese history, the Kojiki (712AD) and Nihon Shoki (720AD) make no mention of her.

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Paul breaks down this historical quagmire, and sees if we can get at the truth of her existence, impact and historical legacy.

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The A.D. History Podcast explores the last two thousand years of world history in an innovative new way. Join hosts Paul K. DiCostanzo and Patrick Foote as they examine the past two millennia, beginning in 1 AD, and progressing forward ten years every episode until they reach the modern day. Within each ten-year installment, Paul and Patrick aim to share incredibly important, but often overlooked fascinating historic events and figures from around the world in prospective fashion; attempting to see history through the eyes and in the world of those who lived it. By identifying these sometimes lesser known - but in no way less significant aspects of history - the A.D. History Podcast endeavors to take these many disparate threads and weave a fuller, richer tapestry of true world history from 1AD to HD.