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In this podcast, Matthew Rothwell, author of Transpacific Revolutionaries: The Chinese Revolution in Latin America, explores the global history of ideas related to rebellion and revolution. The main focus of this podcast for the near future will be on the history of the Chinese Revolution, going all the way back to its roots in the initial Chinese reactions to British imperialism during the Opium War of 1839-1842, and then following the development of the revolution and many of the ideas that were products of the revolution through to their transnational diffusion in the late 20th century.

People's History of Ideas Podcast Matthew Rothwell

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In this podcast, Matthew Rothwell, author of Transpacific Revolutionaries: The Chinese Revolution in Latin America, explores the global history of ideas related to rebellion and revolution. The main focus of this podcast for the near future will be on the history of the Chinese Revolution, going all the way back to its roots in the initial Chinese reactions to British imperialism during the Opium War of 1839-1842, and then following the development of the revolution and many of the ideas that were products of the revolution through to their transnational diffusion in the late 20th century.

    The Road Is Tortuous: The Chinese Revolution and the End of the Global Sixties

    The Road Is Tortuous: The Chinese Revolution and the End of the Global Sixties

    A podcast version of a recently published article which argues that the rightward turn of Chinese politics in the 1970s was a key contributing factor in ending the revolutionary era of the long and global 1960s and ushering in the neoliberal age of...

    • 42 min
    The Loneliest United Front: The Chinese Communist Party in 1923

    The Loneliest United Front: The Chinese Communist Party in 1923

    The Communist Party of China tries to find a way to implement the united front with the Guomindang in 1923, but ultimately has to wait for the Soviet-Guomindang alliance to mature.Further reading:Tony Saich, The Origins of the First United Front in...

    • 22 min
    Communist Unionizing and the Genesis of the United Front with the Guomindang

    Communist Unionizing and the Genesis of the United Front with the Guomindang

    The Communist Party begins its labor organizing drive, and the Comintern pushes for a united front with the Guomindang.Further reading:Elizabeth Perry, Shanghai on StrikeTony Saich, The Origins of the First United Front in ChinaSteve Smith, A Road Is...

    • 25 min
    Workers' Revolution or Nationalist United Front? Early Strategic Decisions of the Chinese Communist Party

    Workers' Revolution or Nationalist United Front? Early Strategic Decisions of the Chinese Communist Party

    The early divergence in strategic thinking and revolutionary priorities between the CCP and the Comintern. Further reading:Tony Saich, The Origins of the First United Front in ChinaSome names from this episode:Chen Gongbo, Founding Chinese Communist who...

    • 24 min
    Demarcation and Organization: The Chinese Communist Party is Founded

    Demarcation and Organization: The Chinese Communist Party is Founded

    Polemics with non-revolutionary Marxists and anarchists, and then the party congress in July 1921.Further reading:Arif Dirlik, The Origins of Chinese CommunismSome names from this episode:Chen Duxiu, editor of New Youth and leader of Shanghai Communist...

    • 22 min
    From Russia with Organizational Expertise: The Comintern Comes to China

    From Russia with Organizational Expertise: The Comintern Comes to China

    Gregory Voitinsky comes to China and helps get the ball rolling to found the Communist Party. Also, a few words on commodity fetishism as the keystone of Marx's Capital and how this leads to Lenin's innovations in conceptualizing communist party...

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

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6 Ratings

Zoogah ,

W a disclaimer

I give you a 5 because you did a podcast on shining path which is an obscure topic I guess because a lot of people don’t cover it. I also enjoyed some of your opinions on the matter, but I would’ve liked if you did a whole separate podcast on it. I enjoyed your criticisms but I couldn’t get a comprehensive understanding of how you truly felt about them. At the end of the day I didn’t like your review of the book at all. Hopefully I’m not putting you in a box, but just as you felt the authors didn’t do a good job with their book, I feel your review was very lackluster and not substitutive. However I would’ve like to hear you expound further on a separate podcast about the shining path. All in all I enjoyed the episode lol.

Thompson Hill ,

Very informative and entertaining

I just finished listening to this podcast. It’s fantastic, it reads like a mystery novel and after each chapter I was anxious to go to the next one. The author has a very unique style which takes very complex subjects and breaks them down to enjoyable summaries but with plenty of relevant detail. I am anxiously looking forward to more episodes.

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