The China History Podcast (podcasts)
In this part 4 episode we conclude our overview of the Chinese Civil War.  After the Pingjin Campaign ended in January of 1949 it was time for the Communists to finish off what they started.  Victory was imminent but by no means would it be easy and simple.  The PLA forces dramatically crossed the Yangzi continue reading >>
Direct download: CHP-122-The_Chinese_Civil_War_Part_4.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 7:14pm EDT

This episode mainly covers the year 1948 and the three great campaigns that sealed Chiang Kai-shek’s fate on the Chinese mainland.  The focus will be on the Liaoshen, Huaihai and Pingjin Campaigns that not only grabbed all of north China and Manchuria for the Communists but the heartland and everything north of the Yangzi River continue reading >>
Direct download: CHP-121-The_Chinese_Civil_War_Part_3.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 11:55pm EDT

  This week’s episode focuses mainly on the year 1947.  The Americans have now left and the NRA and PLA attack each other with all they got.  The years starts out well for the Nationalists as they pummel the PLA in Manchuria and in the north.  But once the summer offensive begins, it’s a steady continue reading >>
Direct download: CHP-120-The_Chinese_Civil_War_Part_2.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 10:09am EDT

  In this week’s episode we begin a multi-part series covering the Chinese Civil War from 1945 to 1949.  In China this is known as the War of Liberation.  In this Part 1 we will look at the background leading up to the war as well as failed attempts by the Americans in 1945-1946 to continue reading >>
Direct download: CHP-119-The_Chinese_Civil_War_Part_1.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 10:25am EDT

In this episode we will conclude our overview of the life and times of John Stewart Service.  Ambassador Hurley has declared war against his detractors.  US-China policy is thrown for a loop as the two contenders for power vie for control of the agenda.  Already the CCP and KMT are facing off militarily in some continue reading >>
Direct download: CHP-118-John_Service_Part_4f.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 4:09pm EDT

This week’s episode runs way into overtime but at least we’re getting through to the end of 1944.  The Dixie Mission is in full swing by the end of that year.  John Service has established himself in Washington circles as one of the most informed and dynamic China hands.  But there are those who don’t continue reading >>
Direct download: CHP-117-John_Service_Part_3.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 1:56pm EDT

In this second episode covering the life of John S. Service we take a look at the general situation and the proliferation of mistrust and bad faith in wartime Chongqing.  Chiang Kai-shek remains baffled and frustrated with American efforts to cozy up to Mao. He blames the China Hands such as John Service for feeding continue reading >>
Direct download: CHP-116-John_Service_Part_2.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 6:09pm EDT

This week we explore the life and times of John S. Service.  I’m using writer Lynne Joiner’s book Honorable Survivor, Mao’s China, McCarthy’s America and the Persecution of John S. Service. This original “China Hand” was born in China and grew up in Chengdu and Shanghai.  He went on to a brilliant career in the continue reading >>
Direct download: CHP-115-John_Service_Part_1.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 1:38pm EDT

This episode takes a slightly deeper look at the Shang Dynasty and their signature achievement, the oracle bone script.  Some of this episode will be a repeat of things covered in CHP-015.  Like the oldest parts of the oldest world civilizations a lot of what we “know” is the collective guesswork of the best minds continue reading >>
Direct download: CHP-114-Shang_Oracle_Bones.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 6:18pm EDT

This week we look at the Canadian and international hero Dr. Norman Bethune.  Bethune is a staple among noted western friends and advisors who came to China in 1938 to help the Communists and the people in their struggle against the Japanese.  He was not only a great friend of China, but a gifted and continue reading >>
Direct download: CHP-113-Dr_Norman_Bethune.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 8:11pm EDT