The China History Podcast

In this first part of a two-part series we examine the forgotten life of William Mesny. Drawing from author David Leffman's 2016 book "The Mercenary Mandarin," Laszlo discusses an unknown character from the bad old days of late Qing Dynasty China. Though he never made it to the history books, he nonetheless witnessed and took part in a lot of it. Through Mesny we can once again wander through some of Imperial China's worst years.

 

TERMS FROM THIS EPISODE

Qīng 清朝 The Qing Dynasty 1644-1911

Bǎinián guóchǐ   百年国耻 China's Century of Humiliation

Lǐ Hóngzhāng   李鸿章  Famous Chinese military man and diplomat

Màishìní Huá-yīng Huìtōng   麦士尼华英会通  "Mesny's Chinese Miscellany"

Sòng 宋朝 The Song Dynasty

Tàipīng Tiāngguó   太平天国 Taiping Heavenly Kingdom

Hóng Xiùquán   洪秀全 The head of the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom

Guǎngxī   广西 Province in Southwest China

Húnán   湖南 Province on Central China

Cháng Shèng Jūn   常胜军 The Ever-Victorious Army

Zhìlǐ   治理 Old province of China that no longer exists

Húguǎng   湖广 Hubei - Hunan and surrounding areas

Liǎngguǎng 两广   Guangdong - Guangxi

Wǔhàn   武汉 Capital City of Hubei Province

Zhènjiāng   镇江 City in southwest Jiangsu

Sūzhõu   苏州   City in Jiangsu, called the Venice of China

Bǎoyīng   宝应 County in central Jiangsu

Jiāngsū 江苏 Coastal province in China

Yángzhōu   扬州 City in Jiangsu

Nânjīng   南京   Capital city of Jiangsu

Hànkǒu   汉口 City in Hubei, the "Han" in Wuhan

Wǔchāng   武昌 City in Hubei, the "Wu" of Wuhan

Hànyáng 汉阳 City in Hubei, part of Wuhan

Chóngqìng 重庆 Used to be part of Sichuan, now a municipality

Niǎn Jūn Qǐ   捻军起义 The Nian Rebellion lasted from 1851 – 1868.

Miáo Rebellion   苗民起义 Three different rebellions share this name

Guìzhōu   贵州   Mountainous interior province in West China

Zuǒ Zōngtáng   左宗棠 Famous and very successful general during the Qing

Dungan Revolt 同治回辩 Tóngzhì Huí Biàn   Another in a long line of Muslim wars , this one against Yaqub Beg in the northwest of China.

Xīnjiāng   新疆 Province in northwest China

Zūnyì   遵义 City in Guizhou

Táng Jiǒng   唐炯 Governor of Sichuan and early benefactor of Mesny

Chóng'ān River   崇安河 River in Guizhou where Mesny's bridge stands

Shāndōng   山东 Coastal province in China

Jìnán   济南   Capital city of Shandong

Dīng Bǎozhēn  丁宝桢 Governor of Sichuan Province

Gōng Bǎo Jī Dīng   宫保鸡丁 Kung Pao Chicken

Gōng Bǎo   宫保 Palace Guardian

 

 

Direct download: CHP-177-William_Mesny_Part_1.mp3
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