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Visiting the tomb of the Wanli Emperor. Wait, what did he say? [video]

This video is ages-old but has always been one of my favorites. It starts out as a pretty straightforward guided tour of a historical site–the tomb of the Wanli Emperor, a venerated 16th century ruler of Ming Dynasty China–but eventually devolves into the dry humor extremely typical of historians. The guy giving the tour is Andrew Field, an American historian who studied and lived in China extensively, and whose expertise is (I believe) the nightclub culture of 1930s Shanghai. This video isn’t about that, but it’s funny nonetheless.

Not much else to say about this, except the historians who follow me might get a grin out of it. Watch until the end!

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