Sinocademy is Frank Diebel's academic online presence. This learning platform provides Frank's students with study material, literature, and exercises to prepare for his lectures. Here his students also receive information about Frank's research and publications. Good luck and fun with your studies.


Frank offers 3 history lectures about China and Europe. The topics range from the early beginnings of civilization until today. His university courses aim at supporting a general education at master level. More here.


Among the ancient Chinese Hundred Schools of Thought main streams of political philosopy that have been passed down to our generation are written sources of Confucianism, Legalism, Daosim, and Moism. Throughout the last two and a half millenia and in...

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To this day, the traditional Chinese lunisolar calendar is used in China to solemnise annual seasons, some national holidays, and to celebrate individual birthdays as well. The Gregorian calendar year of 2017 can be calculated equal to the Chinese...

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The Yuanxiao Festival (元宵节) or Chinese Lantern Festival (灯节) is the first important festival after the Chinese Spring Festival (春节), the Chinese New Year, and it is celebrated on the 15th day of the first month of the traditional Chinese lunisolar...

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For almost 40 years now, China's economy is prospering. How is that possible? How many Cassandras have predicted its doomsday? But China just keeps on growing. Slower in motion now, maybe, but it's still steadily blossoming and opening up even...

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Studying history or philosophy usually requires extensive reading and the reception of primary sources. Frank's lectures aim at a compromise between relevant scientific literature and a low reading pensum. Read more here.


This English public lectures tutorial for Chinese university students who plan to study abroad systematically introduces English speaking skills and training methods, consisting of a large number of excellent English speeches for...

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The periodization of Chinese history has always been one of the most delicate problems of historians. The Chinese persisted for a long time in the models of their dynasty history and treated each dynasty as a complete unity. Jacques Gernet,...

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In this article written by Manfred Nitsch and Frank Diebel the micro-foundations of the Chinese growth model are analysed within a comprehensive monetary theory of economic development, based on Schumpeter, Keynes, and the contemporary...

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In 4000 Jahre Wissenschaft, Patricia Fara dares an adventure in historical science. She writes a history of science from the origins to the 21st century, from the Babylonians to genetic research and particle physics. In her book that is,...

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4000 Jahre Entdeckungen und Erfindungen. This omnibus volume presents a unique, authentic and profound overview of the extensive history of Chinese science and technology over the past 4000 years. First time, it was published in 1978 by the...

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Among the ancient Chinese Hundred Schools of Thought main streams of political philosopy that have been passed down to our generation are written sources of Confucianism, Legalism, Daosim, and Moism. Throughout the last two and a half...

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Frank Diebel's open university lectures provide a general education at master level. A successful participation requires the completion of 3 short online quizes, one brief presentation or a written test. Read more here.


Open E-Learning Section

Check your acquaintance with China here.

Frank's quizes in the "Check Your Knowledge" section each consists of 10 questions and are supporting the continuous improvement of his teachings and help his students and readers with the self-evaluation about their general China knowledge.

At the end of a quiz the participant will receive an eleborate and illustrated solution to each question. The quizes in the "Check Your Knowledge" section are anonymous.

You will find currently available quizes and an example solution below. Thank you for visiting and for your support by participating.

Available Quizes
Example Solution

What is the longest river in China?

Yangtze River is the correct answer.

The Yangtze River, or 长江 (Long River), is the longest river to flow entirely within one country, and it is the third-longest river in the world. Different parts of the Yangtze River have changing names.

Headstream from the glaciers in Qinghai Province down to the Daqu River its name is Tuotuo River, or 沱沱河 (Tearful River). From there, the Yangtze River is called Tongtian River, or 通天河 (River Passing through Heaven), until it assumes the name Jinsha River, or 金沙江 (Gold Dust River), marking the western and southern border of Sichuan Province and flowing all the way downstream to Yibin where it merges with the Min River, forming the Yangtze River. Whereas the latter name, thus, represents the entire stream from Qinghai down to the Yangtze River Delta in Eastern China.

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