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A journey through the 5000 years of history documented by one of the world's oldest continuous civilizations.

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The History of China Chris Stewart

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7, 512 Ratings

A journey through the 5000 years of history documented by one of the world's oldest continuous civilizations.

For all the episodes for free, as well as additional content, please subscribe and/or visit http://thehistoryofchina.wordpress.com .

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
512 Ratings

512 Ratings

timballisto123 ,

I am constantly looking for podcasts that measure up

This was one of the first history podcasts I ever listened to, and it has set the bar for me. No longer can I tolerate history podcasts jumping from date to date willy-nilly. No- it needs to be chronological with excellent cultural context and side anecdotes to bring the era to life. While some of the names do get confusing after a while, you really only need to remember them until they are either exiled, executed, or die peacefully of old age which seem to be the only three options open to the movers and shakers of Imperial China.

The dips into palace intrigue are fascinating, especially since there’s about 2,000+ years of backstabbing, backroom deals, puppet emperors, and... eunuchs. I also enjoy his nuances and unbiased take on some of the most notorious people in Chinese history. His episodes on the infamous Empress Wu and Empress Liu were excellent in particular, with his cautions of Confucian revisionist history and general common sense.

I have tried other podcasts but I’ve been spoiled by this one- I look forward to every episode, and often go back to listen to particularly complicated episodes for clarity.

Great job, and keep it up!

Delta5012 ,

Assessable, humorous, history!

A perfect intro to Chinese history and the host’s sarcasm helps remove the occasionally dry nature of history.

Eghows ,

Great research, great humor!

I missed the Episode Hostage Crisis of May 31, 2019, but here’s a review anyway 🤪 I love the informal, yet highly informative style of this podcast. It makes my morning routine and commute so much more interesting. Re: the recent post on the UK cable on Tiananmen Square, I can’t wait for Chris to get to the May 4th movement and it being the origin of the CCP’s paranoia about populist movements overthrowing authoritarian regimes (*cough*Qingdynasty*cough*CCP*)

I’ll just sit here and wait 50 years for those episodes 😉 Keep up the good work!

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