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

    Ep. 314 | The History of Taiwan (Part 5)

    Ep. 314 | The History of Taiwan (Part 5)

    More Taiwan history for you in Part 5. This time we only get as far as the first decade of the Japanese colonial period. Quite a bit of exciting and little-known stuff went down in Taiwan between the Treaty of Shimonoseki and the moment the Japanese tamped down major resistance, seized control, and got to photograph themselves under a "Mission Accomplished" banner. The first years were characterized by acts of defiance against the Japanese takeover. We'll also examine "Asia's first republic" and those five months from 1895.  We also harken back to an old History of Tea episode to look at Li Chunsheng and John Dodd's contribution to launching Taiwan's tea industry. All of this and more for you in Part 5. I hope you enjoy it and I look forward to your emails and comments. 
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    • 43 min
    Ep. 313 | The History of Taiwan (Part 4)

    Ep. 313 | The History of Taiwan (Part 4)

    The history of Taiwan continues during the difficult decades of the Qing Dynasty. With Shi Lang's defeat of the Dongning Kingdom in 1683, Taiwan finally became part of China. But times were anything but peaceful on the island. The outcome of the Opium Wars had opened up treaty ports on Taiwan. Foreign trade ramped up quickly bringing with it all the positive and negative influences it had on the host country. The Manchu Qing authorities tried like crazy to establish control over the island. But with the indigenous people and the inaccessible mountainous parts of the island, they were never able to assert their authority beyond the west coast cities. A number of bloody incidents go down when foreign ships find themselves shipwrecked off the Taiwan coast. Finally, a hero arises who is able to begin to institute reforms. Liu Mingchuan first fought the French in the Sino-French War and then became the first governor of Taiwan...but not for long. We'll close with the Treaty of Shimonoseki which leads to a sharp turn of events on the Ilha Formosa.
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    • 39 min
    Ep. 312 | The History of Taiwan (Part 3)

    Ep. 312 | The History of Taiwan (Part 3)

    In this Part 3 episode, we look at Shi Lang and his victory over Zheng Jing, Liu Guoxian, and the Dongning Kingdom. When it was all over in 1683, for the first time in history, Taiwan fell under China rule. Now the Manchus needed to figure out what to do with this prize. Corrupt officials and heavy-handed governing methods contributed to the endless uprisings and rebellions witnessed on the island throughout the 18th century. The Qianlong Emperor will have his hands full trying to keep things peaceful in Taiwan. We close with the ultra-violence meted out during the Lin Shuangwen Rebellion of 1787-1788.
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    • 43 min
    CHP Special Episode | Anna May Wong Honored

    CHP Special Episode | Anna May Wong Honored

    The new Anna May Wong quarters are here, issued by The US Mint as part of a set honoring five women achievers and trailblazers: writer and civil right activist Maya Angelou, Astronaut Sally Ride, Native American activist, and former Cherokee Nation Chief Wilma Mankiller, suffragist, educator, and politician Nina Otero-Warren. And for the fifth coin, the US Mint selected none other than movie star, entertainer, activist, and fashion icon Anna May Wong, one of the women featured in this CHP-159 episode that looks at Chinese American Stars and Entertainers of Old Hollywood. 
    CHP-159 remains one of my personal all-time favorite CHP episodes. I put that one out back in 2015, complete with much less than optimal audio. I cleaned it up a little and added an intro. And today, in recognition of the release of this new coin, I'm bringing back this episode for anyone who missed it.
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    • 50 min
    Ep. 311 | The History of Taiwan (Part 2)

    Ep. 311 | The History of Taiwan (Part 2)

    In this Part 2 episode, we will look at Dutch and Spanish Formosa and the history of these two would-be colonizers of Taiwan. The Dutch were the first to try and make a serious go at colonizing Taiwan. Zheng Zhilong and his famous son Zheng Chenggong will also be covered in this episode. Zheng Chenggong, better known in the West as Koxinga, is probably the most well-known person in Taiwan's history. He was responsible for removing the Dutch from Taiwan and opening the floodgates to the migration of thousands upon thousands of settlers from the Mainland. He also established the Dongning Kingdom on the island. Taiwan is still not yet part of China. But after Shi Lang is introduced in the next episode, that all changes.
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    • 43 min
    Special Episode | Laszlo Chats with William Han, author of "From the Wall to the Water"

    Special Episode | Laszlo Chats with William Han, author of "From the Wall to the Water"

    Several years ago William Han set out from Xinjiang, following in the footsteps of Gan Ying who was tasked, in 97 AD, to seek out and establish relations with Da Qin (Rome). All the sights and experiences are detailed in William's new book, "From the Wall to the Water". It was quite an eye-opening journey from the end of the Great Wall to the Persian Gulf. Laszlo also discusses William's The Master of Demon Gorge Podcast (MODG) and the joys of China history podcasting.
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Customer Reviews

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45 Ratings

45 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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