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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. 

Dec 19, 2015

In this Part 4 episode of the CHP Zhou Enlai series Laszlo re-tells the always amusing story of when the Americans came around Yan'an to kick the tires of the CCP and see what they were all about.

This time Zhou again proves his loyalty and devotion to Mao and as always to China. He gets a real workout as far as...


Nov 30, 2015

In this Part 3 episode, the story of Zhou Enlai is taken all the way up to the 1943 Yan'an Rectification Campaign.  We'll look at the Zunyi Conference, the Long March, the Xian Incident, and finally the ill-fated Second United Front.  

At every historic moment, Zhou Enlai was there, playing a lead role.


Nov 12, 2015

In this second part of what's shaping up to be a long series, Laszlo picks up at the Zhongshan Gunboat Incident and follows the life of Zhou Enlai through the challenging years of 1926-1934.


Nov 5, 2015

In today's Part 1 episode Laszlo explores the early life of Zhou Enlai, growing up in a traditional scholar-officials family that had seen better days. Zhou gets passed from relative to relative.

But each step of the way there were mentors and breaks that he was able to make the most of. We can see through his early...


Oct 4, 2015

Jack Jones' story is told today in this little snapshot of a little-known organization that operated in 1940's China known as The Friends Ambulance Unit later renamed the Friends Service Unit.

It was a Quaker funded charity that operated ambulances, providing urgent medical care and other charitable services...