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Jan 20, 2014

For 4000 years China has been an innovative society, starting with the Great Wall and the Grand Canal. In the Middle Ages China invented item after item that revolutionized the world for centuries to come. Some of them we still use today! Things that we take for granted; paper money, kites, folding umbrellas and playing cards, just to name a few. Join us as we examine the inventions from Medieval China that changed history! We'll look at inventions in agriculture, navigation, communication and warfare to see how they came about and how they traveled the medieval world. Get your free audio book from at: Last week I reviewed the new CD by the band Perkelt, you can hear their original song Pilgrim in this episode. You can buy their CD Dowry of a Troll Lady on CDBaby. Find them on the web at and on Facebook: Thanks to band member Will Connor for providing the song! Please send any comments, suggestions or topic ideas to If you are enjoying the podcast please considering leaving a rating on iTunes. Rate the Medieval Archives Podcast now! Listen to the episode now Items discussed in this lesson: Chinese Agricultural inventions The Great Stirrup Controversy Viking Navigation: Find out more on The Vikings Podcast Episode 102 The Ming Dynasty Emperors toilet paper order Silk Road And more... Download the MP3 and listen to it on your favorite MP3 player. Subscribe to the feed so you do not miss a single episode. iTunes | Stitcher Radio | Download MP3 | RSS Feed The music was provided by Tim Rayburn. It is available at