The Isolated China Myth - Sharon Cohen

We all “know” interesting stuff about the past, but some of what we think we know are myths, not facts. Historical myths cloud the landscape of the past and make it easier for influential people in the present to lead us astray. I’m going to “bust” one history myth: that China was isolated from the world. I will share historical evidence you can use to teach your students that China actually was always integrated with its neighbors, and with its demand for silver, created the global economy in the sixteenth century.