The China History Podcast

After a holiday delay, Laszlo is back with the 7th and almost final episode of our overview of Ezra Vogel’s new biography of Deng.  In this episode we look at the meat and potatoes of the Reform years from 1979 to 1989.

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In this sixth installment of the Deng Xiaoping overview we focus in on 1978-1979.  In this episode we see Deng return to power a third time.  Deng immediately throws all his energy into advancing the cause of modernization in China.  The age of reform takes off in earnest. But first he has to deal with continue reading >>

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This week’s episode looks at the exciting events that all went down in 1976.  Deng Xiaoping is on the defensive thanks to his 1975 policies to revive the nation.  But a concatenation of events will happen starting on January 8 and ending on October 6 that will both  bring Deng back and rock China. But continue reading >>
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After a bit of a delay, this week we look again at Deng Xiaoping and his struggles during the Cultural Revolution Years from 1966 to 1975. Seems we still have a long way to go yet. Be on the lookout in the coming weeks for a possible new iTunes Feed for the China History Podcast.

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Today in Part 3 of our Deng Xiaoping overview we look at The Great One’s life from 1952 after his return from the Southwest Bureau all the way up to the start of the Cultural Revolution.

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This time we continue on with our overview of the great leader Deng Xiaoping.  We pick up in 1937 with the invasion by Japan, the civil war and the founding of the PRC. We examine Deng’s achievements all the way up to 1952, the year he left the Southwest Bureau and returned to Beijing to continue reading >>
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Laszlo is happily back in Cali with a new episode that looks at the early years of Deng Xiaoping.  Most of the narrative is based on passages gleaned from Ezra Vogel’s new biography of The Great One.  Inspired by the events of May Fourth 1919, Deng Xiaoping was a lifelong revolutionary and by the end continue reading >>
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This time we take a look at four Westerners who committed their lives to the People’s Republic of China.  These four foreigners, Agnes Smedley, Anna Louise Strong, George Hatem and Israel Epstein were all friends of China and were admired by China’s leaders.  Upon their deaths they were given the honor of internment at China’s continue reading >>

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Today we jump over much of the history of the 1940′s and zero in on the moment when the PRC was officially established on Oct 1, 1949.  Today’s podcast episode offers a general overview of the first year of the PRC and some of the multitude of challenges Mao and China’s new leaders faced.
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Before we head back to modern times, we look at the mythological beginnings of the Chinese people and the Three Sovereigns and Five Emperors.  This period preceded China’s legendary Xia Dynasty and the beginnings of Chinese recorded history in the Shang.

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