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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. 

Jul 24, 2014

In this episode, we will conclude our CHP overview of the life of Sir Edmund Backhouse, 2nd Baronet.  In this 3rd part of the series, we’ll look at the last couple of decades of Backhouse’s life.  Backhouse remains in Beijing amidst all the turmoil going on during the Japanese invasion and the lead-up to WWII.  


Jul 24, 2014

Fast on the heels of Part 1 of this CHP overview of the life of the Sinologist Sir Edmund Backhouse, we present Part 2 in this episode.

We’ll look at the years 1911 to 1924, the years that Backhouse committed a litany of frauds and established himself in London and Beijing as someone not to be trusted.

Jul 24, 2014

In this episode, we will begin a 3-part series covering the life of Sir Edmund Trelawny Backhouse, 2nd Baronet. He lived from 1873 to 1944, spending more than half his life in Beijing.  

Backhouse is best known for the various frauds he committed over the period of his life.  In his last year of life, he was urged by...

Jun 28, 2014

I thought it wouldn't be a bad idea in 2021 to resurrect this old episode from mid-2014 that tells the mostly forgotten story of Wong Chin Foo (王清福). His spirit is alive and well in many of today's Chinese-Americans who are standing up to anti-Asian sentiment across the country. Like Wing Chin Foo did in the...

Jun 1, 2014

In this final installment of the history of the life and times of the emperor Huizong, we look at the series of events that followed the Jürchens’ Seige of Kaifeng in 1126-1127.  What followed was the Jingkang Incident, which for centuries made the Chinese bow their heads in shame.  

The entire Song imperial family...