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Since 2010, The China History Podcast, presented by Laszlo Montgomery presents almost 300 episodes of curated topics from China's antiquity to modern times.

The China History Podcast Laszlo Montgomery

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Since 2010, The China History Podcast, presented by Laszlo Montgomery presents almost 300 episodes of curated topics from China's antiquity to modern times.

    Ep. 288 | China's Himmler, Dai Li (Part 2)

    Ep. 288 | China's Himmler, Dai Li (Part 2)

    The tale of Dai Li continues beginning with the passing of Sun Yat-sen in March 1926 and the rise of Chiang Kai-shek. The dreaded Blue Shirts are introduced along with Dai Li's rise up the ladder hanging on the coattails of Chiang. He demonstrates his undying loyalty to the Generalissimo during the Xian Incident and sets up the organization that made him famous, the innocuous-sounding Bureau of Investigation and Statistics, a.k.a. The Juntong. We finish off the episode with Dai uncovering a devastating Communist-led spy ring operating inside the sanctum sanctorum of his organization.


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    • 30 min
    Ep. 287 | China's Himmler, Dai Li (Part 1)

    Ep. 287 | China's Himmler, Dai Li (Part 1)

    In this Part 1 of a 3 episode series covering the life and times of Dai Li, we look at his early beginnings, living the thug life in Shanghai and falling in with all the right people. We'll trace his quick rise up the ranks of Chiang Kai-shek's formidable spy agencies. He was often called "China's Himmler" due to his slavish devotion to his boss, Chiang Kai-shek, and for his role in setting up Chiang's secret police and spy agencies.


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    • 32 min
    Ep. 286 | Tang Empress Zhangsun

    Ep. 286 | Tang Empress Zhangsun

    Though the villainous empresses always seem to generate the most popular interest, this time we'll look at the life of one of the many good ones, an outstanding one if I may add. Empress Zhangsun was the bride of Tang Dynasty heavy Li Shimin. When he became the second Tang emperor following one of the most dramatic events in early Chinese history, he reigned as Emperor Taizong. We remember Empress Zhangsun for her decency and for deporting herself in a manner that Yao and Confucius both would have approved. She became the gold standard for future empresses and was often imitated but seldom replicated. Come relive those early years of Zhenguan Era (貞觀) Tang history.


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    • 21 min
    Ep. 285 (Bonus) | Reading of an 1894 Article on the L.A. Chinatown Massacre

    Ep. 285 (Bonus) | Reading of an 1894 Article on the L.A. Chinatown Massacre

    In addition to the latest CHP episode on the L.A. Chinatown Massacre, I also wanted to offer you a reading of an article that appeared in an 1894 edition of The Historical Society of Southern California journal.
    This article by C.P. Dorland was written only twenty-three years after the incident took place and described the events leading up to, during, and after the tragic event of October 24, 2871.


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    Ep. 285 | The L.A. Chinatown Massacre

    Ep. 285 | The L.A. Chinatown Massacre

    On October 24th, 1871 the Los Angeles Chinatown Massacre took place near the present-day location of Union Station, just north of the core downtown L.A. area. Though mostly unknown rather than forgotten, this incident that happened one hundred fifty years ago this month will be remembered through a number of commemorative events. The Chinese American Museum (today located adjacent to where the atrocities occurred) will sponsor one event. My friend, Scripps College professor Hao Huang will be participating in another event that will memorialize this tragic event in local L.A. history.
    Well-known and respected L.A. Chinatown scholar and activist Eugene Moy will also be among the speakers at this event. The links to both are shown below. In this CHP episode, I tell the story of the massacre and how it all went down on that tragic day. If you have time, I encourage everyone to check out these events that will offer an excellent perspective on what happened and the lessons we can all learn from it.
    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chinese-massacre-of-1871-reflecting-on-the-past-to-end-racial-violence-tickets-172418176407
    https://camla.org/commemoration/


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    • 25 min
    Ep. 284 | The Taiping Rebellion (Part 5)

    Ep. 284 | The Taiping Rebellion (Part 5)

    We're going to wind things down with this episode. 1863-1864, the bitter and bloody end of the Taiping Rebellion. Charles George Gordon has his walk-on but Zeng Guofan and brother Zeng Guoquan take the limelight in the ultimate showdown with the Taiping holdouts. When it was all over, the Taiping Rebellion ended up having quite a consequential impact on China's trajectory into the 20th century. We'll close things up by looking at the historical blowback from this terrible civil war.


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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

Armin in China ,

What a great account of Chinese history!

Amazing Presentation of Chinese History!

A must listen for everyone interested in Chinese history!

Thank you for your great work.

DORONISIMO ,

Simply thank you

One of the best podcasts out there!
I’m living in China for 11 years you made me fell Involve again and appreciate it all over again...
Wish I could meet and pick your brain a little bit...

Love it!

legatrix ,

A must-listen!

I recently discovered this podcast and have so far listened to the series on Sino-Vietnamese relations and Chinese philosophy. Both were brilliant as regards content, but with podcasts, content alone is not enough to really feel at home in that wonderful little triangular audio universe formed by you, your headphones and the host. Luckily this Californian (I assume) host, with the excellent name of Laszlo (which, happily, always makes me think of Troy McClure stumbling upon the Laszlo Panaflex star on Hollywood Boulevard) strikes the perfect balance between seriousness, depth of coverage, irreverence, occasional forays into sundry accents which are not his own ('me hearties'), and concision. Being a linguist, I'm awaiting the twenty-part series on the historical development of Old and Middle Chinese into Early Mandarin with baited breath (joke...OK, semi-joke).

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