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The China History Podcast

Since 2010, Laszlo Montgomery has presented The China History Podcast, bringing you the greatest hits from ancient and modern Chinese History. 

Sep 29, 2011

  This week we look at the immortal Zhou Gong, the Duke of Zhou.  If he isn’t the most revered person from Chinese history, he’s certainly in the top three.  He guided the earliest years of the Zhou Dynasty through treacherous times.  Zhou Gong was responsible for building a great amount of the foundation from


Sep 19, 2011

This week’s episode runs a little long as there won’t be anything for the following week.  Today’s episode looks at the life and interesting career of Sir Robert Hart (赫德), an Ulsterman from Northern Ireland. For most of his life he lived in China in the employ of the Zongli Yamen.  Though his official title


Sep 11, 2011

Mid-Autumn Festival takes place every year on the 15th day of the 8th month of the Chinese calendar.  This year that date falls on September 12.  The Chinese world will be celebrating the holiday in very much the same way that generations have enjoyed going back to ancient times.  Families will get together and stroll


Sep 3, 2011

Thanks to RL in Hefei for the inspiration, this week we take a look at  China and Japan’s difficult history.  We focus on the historical events that led to “2,000 years of friendship and 50 years of confrontation,” as CPCCC member Zhao Qizheng 赵启正 said recently in the People’s Daily.  We look at the...