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The China History Podcast
3 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
Special Announcement - Audio course on The Silk Road & One Belt, One Road
Hi Everyone I'd like to announce that along with avid.fm I’m pleased to present to you an introduction to the Silk Road - its past, present, and future. If you want to understand the history of the Silk Road and the implications of its modern-day successor, the Belt & Road Initiative, this course will equip you with everything you need to understand it. Looking to the past, we’ll explore the rugged and inhospitable terrain that stood between China and the markets of Rome, and we’ll understand how along this path came goods, ideas, and people who shaped the world - from Buddhism to Architecture, Philosophy to Gunpowder. and we’ll meet a cast of characters like Marco Polo, Faxian, a Chinese monk who traveled by foot from China to India exploring Buddhist Kingdoms and Zhang Qian, a famed Chinese diplomat who essentially opened China to the world of commercial trade. You’ll get to know all of these stories, and understand the deeper historical implications of the people, ideas, and goods that traveled the Silk Road. Armed with this, we’ll journey to the (near) present, and look at how in 2013 China’s President Xi Jinping adopted the Silk Road as the inspiration behind the One Belt One Road or Belt and Road Initiative. This mega-project is slated for completion in 2049…just in time for the 100th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. How has history informed China’s decision to pursue the One Belt One Road initiative? What progress has already been made towards it? We’ll find out, and learn about the present-day motives for the initiative. Finally, we’ll gaze into the future and understand the implications of the One Belt One Road Initiative in the decades to come. What countries will it affect? How will China benefit from it - and what are the controversies surrounding it? We’ll cover this in enough detail that I hope you’ll be able to make up your own mind about this project, and hold down any conversation on the topic - be it at business, at a United Nations reception, or just at dinner with the in-laws! I warmly welcome you to listen. The Silk Road, its past, present, and future, will be something you won’t want to miss. From the adventures of Zhang Qian to the swashbuckling diplomacy of the 21st Century, it’s a wild ride that will delight and inform you, and which you’ll find as useful in life and business as it is pleasurable to learn about. Remember, satisfaction is assured and there’s a 100% money-back guarantee from the good folks at avid.fm. You’ll be having a collaborative learning experience with a group of learners. You'll get to make friends with like-minded peers and also ask questions to me. For this cohort, the course enrollment period ends on July 5th, so head over to Avid.fm/Laszlo Thank you so much and I hope you enjoy the course.
44 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
Ep. 276 | Sanxingdui and Ancient Shu
Just in time, we look at all the recent finds at the newly discovered six sacrificial pits at Sanxingdui. Archaeologists and historians are pretty sure all these exciting discoveries going back to 1986 at Sanxingdui, Jinsha, Shangwangjiaguai are from the ancient state of Shu. This topic has been requested constantly throughout the years. I'm glad I waited until now to unleash it on you. Be looking for even more incredible discoveries at the Sanxingdui site that will be announced in the coming months and years.
46 minutes | Jun 6, 2021
CHP Special Episode | Ian McCollum & Pistols of the Warlord Era
In this CHP Special Episode Laszlo is thrilled to welcome Mr. Ian McCollum to discuss his new book, "Pistols of the Warlords: Chinese Domestic Handguns, 1911 – 1949." If you're a fan of antique and historical firearms, you already might know Ian from his Forgotten Weapons YouTube Channel. What poetry was to the Tang Dynasty, arms manufacturing, and procurement was to the Chinese Warlord Era. A special thanks to Ian for sharing his expertise on this very popular topic.
12 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
CHP Special Episode-Yuan Longping
Here's a brief intro to the life of Dr. Yuan Longping who passed away on. May 22, 2021. It was covered quite extensively last week in the Chinese and international press as well as in all the China newsletters. But just in case you missed reading about him I wanted to post this short intro to his life and achievements.
38 minutes | May 31, 2021
Ep. 275 | Henan Province (Part 3)
We're going to finish off this survey of Henan from Neolithic times to the 20th century. In this episode, you'll get a closer look at Zhengzhou and a few other noteworthy slivers of Henan history. We'll close off with the hard times that hit Henan in 1887, 1938, 1942, 1959, and 1975. If you never appreciated Henan's place in Chinese history I hope this three-part series was able to offer you a gateway to understanding.
31 minutes | May 17, 2021
Ep. 274 | Henan Province (Part 2)
The saga continues. More poking around Henan in Part 2. We'll look at the Zhou Dynasty era states that made up the province in ancient times. We'll also focus on Luoyang, Kaifeng and Anyang. If the multitude of Chinese names starts to overwhelm, go to the website at Teacup.Media and download a nice cheat sheet I put together especially for you.
27 minutes | May 3, 2021
Ep. 273 | Henan Province (Part 1)
This is Part 1 of a four-part series focusing on the Chinese history that happened in one of China's oldest provinces. In Part 1 we get the lay of the land in Henan, discuss its mythical beginnings as well as the neolithic cultures of Peiligang, Yangshao, Longshan, and Erlitou. We also take the offramp to look at a couple of the more well-known Henan dishes. We'll get as far as the Xia and Shang dynasties and a little of the Western Zhou. All the Chinese terms from this episode (and there's a LOT of them this time) can be viewed in Pinyin, Chinese characters, and English at the website at teacup.media
21 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
Ep. 272 | Eunuchs in Chinese History (Part 6)
In this shortest CHP episode since 2011, we conclude the series that explored the lives of eunuchs in Chinese history. This time around we wind things down with eunuchs during the time of the Last Emperor Puyi in the course of his residency in the Forbidden City, Tianjin and Manchukuo. Then we look briefly at the life of the Last Eunuch Sun Yaoting and the Ming Dynasty "good eunuch" Tian Yi. A big giant thanks to everyone who enjoyed this series.
33 minutes | Apr 5, 2021
Ep. 271 | Eunuchs in Chinese History Part 5
In this penultimate episode of the Eunuchs series, we finally make it to the Qing Dynasty. After everything that transpired during the Ming, the Qing is tame by those standards. From Dorgon to Daoguang things were pretty tame in the Qing. But once Empress Dowager Cixi grabs hold of the reigns of power, she allows her eunuchs, most notably An Dehai and Li Lianying, to do their worst. We'll finish off next episode with the tale of The Last Eunuch and clean up loose ends.
32 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
Ep. 270 | Eunuchs in Chinese History (Part 4)
Three of the Four Tigers, Wang Zhi, Liu Jin, and Wei Zhongxian get a once over this time around in Part 4. Many historians agree these guys offered the most generous contribution to the fall of the Ming Dynasty. At least no emperors were captured in battle during their time in the palace. But one emperor did have to hang himself from a tree thanks in no part to one of them.
28 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
Ep. 269 | Eunuchs in Chinese History (Part 3)
The story continues. After wrecking the Han and Tang Dynasties, the eunuchs emerge again in the Ming as a particularly destructive force. In this episode we'll also look at the Song Dynasty eunuch general and politician Tong Guan. Then we'll look at the life of the first of the so-called Four Eunuch Dictators of the Ming Dynasty, Wang Zhen. His greed and avarice almost caused the Ming Dynasty to fall.
28 minutes | Feb 22, 2021
CHP-268-Eunuchs in Chinese History Part 2
This time we look at eunuchs in the Tang from Xuanzong to hapless Emperor Ai. We'll see how it was a long hard downhill slide once Xuanzong let Gao Lishi amass so much power. Subsequent emperors were either too weak or too young to push back against eunuchs who, once given an inch of authority, took a mile more and never let go. They grew in power and venality at the expense of the dynasty's fortunes. Finally they drove it into the ground.
27 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
Ep 267 | Eunuchs in Chinese History (Part 1)
This topic was coming sooner or later. Laszlo offers up another general overview of Chinese history, this time with eunuchs serving as the prism to view it all. In this episode we'll look at the story of the maybe/maybe not eunuch/official from the Qin Dynasty Zhao Gao and his antics trying to cover up the sudden and unexpected death of Qin Shihuang. Then we'll finish off with eunuchs in the Later Han including the rise and fall of the Ten Attendants.
37 minutes | Jan 25, 2021
CHP-266-Dr. Chien-Shiung Wu
This time Laszlo introduces an outstanding Chinese-American scientist who will be honored in the United States on February 11, 2021 with a new commemorative postage stamp. Dr. C.S. Wu came to America in 1936 and due to circumstances in her homeland, ended up staying in the US for good. She made many contributions in the field of physics and worked on the Manhattan Project. Dr. Wu was role model and tireless campaigner for encouraging young women to study the sciences and for equal rights. Her's was a great American success story.
31 minutes | Jan 11, 2021
CHP-265-The History of the Thai Chinese Part 7
We bring this light but informative series about the history of the Thai Chinese to a close in this 7th episode. This time we wind things down with events that happened during and after WWII with a patented CHP rush to the finish with Thailand's role in the region as a modern economic powerhouse. Thanks everyone for listening. In the years to come I plan to return to Thai Chinese history and do some deeper dives into some of the people and events. Support Laszlo and the CHP: PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/ChinaHistoryPodcast PAYPAL: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/chinahistorypodcast Visit the website: https://teacup.media Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4RHgeG5eVpz7aPKPaT7CG7?si=Mcr6NdQaSQO7lU-H_3JfmQ Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-china-history-podcast/id489369498 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/LaszloCHP Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thechinahistorypodcast
31 minutes | Dec 28, 2020
CHP-264-The History of the Thai Chinese Part 6
Laszlo continues on with this light but satisfying overview of the Thai-Chinese. With Field Marshal Phibun in charge in Bangkok, the flames of Thai nationalism are being furiously fanned and the ethnic Chinese inhabitants of Siam are feeling the heat. But with the ultimate defeat of Japan, the Chinese can finally breathe a sigh of relief....or could they?
30 minutes | Dec 14, 2020
CHP-263-The History of the Thai Chinese Part 5
We leave the 19th century and focus on the events in Siam during the early 20th century. This time we look at some of the history that happened during the reigns of the progressive king and friend to the Thai Chinese King Chulalongkorn and his son, the not so friendly to the Thai Chinese King Vajiravudh. Whenever flames of nationalism are fanned, certain elements of society are bound to get burnt.
28 minutes | Nov 29, 2020
CHP-262-The History of the Thai Chinese Part 4
Laszlo continues on with the second half of the 18th century, a prosperous time for the Kingdom of Siam. With all this unprecedented good fortune sloshing around the kingdom thanks to free trade, the demand for labor drew waves of Chinese immigration to this western edge of the South Seas. Please consider supporting The China History Podcast at https://www.patreon.com/ChinaHistoryPodcast or https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/chinahistorypodcast Thanks!
32 minutes | Nov 15, 2020
CHP-261-The History of the Thai Chinese Part 3
In this 261st CHP episode we'll take the Thai Chinese history a little further up the timeline to the Thonburi Kingdom of Taksin the Great and into the Chakri Dynasty with King Rama I. After shaking things up profoundly in China, the Age of Imperialism will now come knocking on Siam's door. As before and in the years to follow, Siam's ethnic Chinese proved to be a formidable force in keeping the ship of state afloat and prospering while colonialism raged across Southeast Asia. Consider supporting the China History Podcast via Patreon or Paypal. Thanks in advance! https://www.paypal.me/chinahistorypodcast https://www.patreon.com/chinahistorypodcast
29 minutes | Nov 1, 2020
CHP-260-The History of the Thai Chinese Part 2
More 18th century Thai history. King Phetracha to the end of the Ayudhya Kingdom. The ethnic Chinese contribution to building the foundation of the Thai economy is legendary. Here's where it all began. During this period China, ruled by the Manchu Qing emperors was on a major roll and Ayudhyan kings were anxious to be friends with Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong. Having the Thai-Chinese around came in handy in a very big way.
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