The China History Podcast (podcasts)
In this episode we look at the second phase of the Zhou Dynasty.  This period was known as the Eastern Zhou.  The Eastern Zhou was broken down between the Spring & Autumn Period and the Warring States Period.  It lasted from 770 to 221BC.  From this chaotic period sprang the great works that defined Chinese continue reading >>
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Today we take a 走马看花 look at the 790 year Zhou Dynasty, the longest dynasty in Chinese history. In this episode we will particularly focus on the Western Zhou Period which lasted for 275 years.  Next week we will finish the Zhou Dynasty by examining the Eastern Zhou Period.
Direct download: China_History_Podcast_016-The_Western_Zhou.mp3
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This week in part two of our dynasty overview, we examine the Shang Dynasty 1600 BC to 1046 BC.  Chinese characters make their appearance for the first time.  Artisans cast the most beautiful bronzes. Because of the discovery of archaeological evidence, many consider this China’s first real dynasty.
Direct download: China_History_Podcast_015-The_Shang_Dynasty.mp3
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In this episode we commence our Chinese imperial dynasty overview.  It begins today with the Xia Dynasty 夏朝代. According to historiographer Sima Qian, this was the first dynasty of China.  It’s origins and its demise and everything in between have all come from sources written many centuries later.  For this reason and for reasons of continue reading >>
Direct download: China_History_Podcast_014-The_Xia_Dynasty.mp3
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Li Ka-shing is a Hong Kong billionaire tycoon who has played a great role in not only Hong Kong’s prosperity but in China’s as well.  He is respected not only for his achievements in business and industry but also for his rise from humble beginnings in Chaozhou, China.
Direct download: China_History_Podcast_013-Li_Ka_shing.mp3
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Kang Sheng 康生 was a sinister character from modern Chinese history who was both Chairman Mao’s close confidant and creator of China’s Secret Police.
Direct download: China_History_Podcast_011-Kang_Sheng.mp3
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February 1972 “The week that changed the world”.  We pick up where we left off last week with President Nixon’s historic visit to the PRC.
Direct download: China_History_Podcast_009-Nixons_Visit_to_China_Pt_2.mp3
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Thirty-eight years ago President Nixon visited Peking, as it was called then, and jump started the normalization of relations between the two great nations of The United States and the People’s Republic of China.  This was a story that played out over three years and culminated in one of the great geopolitical media events of continue reading >>
Direct download: China_History_Podcast_008-Nixons_Visit_to_China_Pt_1.mp3
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This week we look at the Tang dynasty Empress Wu Zetian, the only woman from Chinese history to rule China as an emperor in her own name. Chinese names used in this episode: Wu Zetian  武则天  The only empress in China to rule in her own name Wu Zhao 武曌  Wu Zetian’s personal name Taiyuan continue reading >>
Direct download: China_History_Podcast_007-Wu_Zetian.mp3
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In this week’s episode we give an overview of the First Opium War, one of the most humiliating events in Modern Chinese history.  From this event that culminated in the first of many unequal treaties in 1842, China began a steady downhill slide and suffered a multitude of setbacks and insults from foreign powers eager continue reading >>
Direct download: China_History_Podcast_006-The_Opium_War.mp3
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