How can we account for China’s momentous - and almost wholly unanticipated - global rise? And what does it mean, for us in the West and for humanity’s future?
Speaking to these vital and fascinating questions, these 48 penetrating lectures by Professor Baum bring to vivid life the human struggles, the titanic political upheavals, and the spectacular speed of China’s modern rebirth. Offering multilevel insight into one of the most astounding real-life dramas of modern history, the lectures weave together the richly diverse developments and sociopolitical currents that created the China you now read about in the headlines.
You’ll get a detailed understanding of all the core events in China’s century of stunning change, including the collapse of the Qing dynasty, the Republican era and civil wars, the "Great Leap Forward", the Cultural Revolution, and the post-Mao economic "miracle". Throughout, Professor Baum reveals highly unusual details that enrich the cinematic sweep of the story. For example, you’ll learn about the Christian warlord who baptized his troops with a fire hose, the strange kidnapping of Chiang K’ai-shek, and Professor Baum’s own smuggling of top-secret documents out of Taiwan.
A core strength of these lectures is that they make sense of the dramatic events of the story by getting deeply at what underlay them, culturally, socially, and historically - leaving you with a nuanced knowledge of the forces moving China’s modern emergence. Bringing alive the passionate reinvention of China with deep discernment and humanity, they portray the confounding, majestic, heart-rending, and visionary story of a modern giant.
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Objective perspective of the events and captured the essense of leader's characteristics.
The tone used to describe the events and his personal encounters which would not be conveyed through text alone.
As a Taiwan-borne Chinese, it was interesting to contrast the objective narrative of the last 100 years or so history with what I had learnt in Taiwan during childhood. Great to learn aspect of China that was foreign to me before taking this course. I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of understanding of not just the historical events, but the Chinese psyche during those times. Highly recommend it! (I've already recommended this to friends and family)
This audio version of The Fall and Rise of China is very interesting and Professor Baum is so excited about his subject matter, he makes it entertaining! His passion transfers to the listener! I will probably listen to it a second time!
I am around a lot of Chinese people so I wanted to learn about their country so I downloaded this course and I was so surprised at how interesting China's History is and the professor is fabulous! Highly recommended! It was so interesting how he got his material for his Ph.D. dissertation. Amazing story! Listen to find out!
Some of the situations that occurred while he was in China were my favorite. He was able to witness history in the making.
This was just great story telling by a true enthusiast and expert.
I was sad when it ended.
an amazing gift! this series really opened my eyes to the culture and I couldn't have been more happy!
a text book, however, the narrator does a fantastic job and is very engaging
This course offers a fairly in depth history lesson for the last century in China. It starts out with a summation of the previous events, ideas and principles that led up to the collapse of the dynastic system. The author provides analysis of the events by referring to other historical references. During the more modern era the author is able to add in his own experiences to give the listener a more personal look at the daily realities of the Chinese today. Though there was less of an analysis on the financial history then I would have hoped for, particularly the financial practices of several groups in modern day China. I will admit this is simply my own preference and likely not a notable deficit for most listeners.
I've always enjoyed history. This is my second book of "The Great Courses".
My first one was "The Other Side of History".
The Professor in both cases are contagiously passionate. They are authorities of thier respective fields yet demonstrate natural humility. World class speakers giving exciting lectures meant for anyone interested in history. Not just scholars.
Extremely refreshing audiobooks after listening to so many bestsellers.
I hope Audible continues to expand The Great Courses library.
Very high. I am a scholar on the subject and even I find some of the minutia of Chinese Communist history tedious. Yet Richard Baum makes it so compelling that I think even the non-expert will find it enjoying-- all 16 hours of it.
His personal anecdote about his own role in discovering the split between Mao Zedong and his top lieutenants (Deng Xiaoping and Liu Xiaoqi) was excellent. Also, thank god you have someone who can pronounce Chinese!
Professor Baum's encyclopedic knowledge of the subject and his personal love for the culture and the people.
The embalmed remains of Chairman Mao looking green from too much formaldehyde. It was an insight 'behind the curtain,' so to speak, that one would never read in a serious work about China but that revealed the humor behind the god-man's image.
This is his only audiobook that I know of and he died in 2012 from cancer that he thought was gone when he recorded these lectures.
It is far too long and complicated to listen to it in one sitting, but I wanted to get back into the car where I keep my player and sometimes went on extended drives to avoid turning off a lecture in the middle.
The world has lost a great scholar and a generous human. I can only hope that his lectures in this Great Courses audiobook will inspire a new generation of people to learn more about China as the 'Sleeping Giant' takes a leading role on the world stage in this century.
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
Professor Richard Baum delivers a series of 48 lectures on China. He captures the decline of the former dynasties and the rise of the social communist revolution. I suspect that his personal politics lean toward the left in American style politics. Although in these lectures you will learn that the terms “left” and “right,” in political terms, are very dependant on the context in which they are used. In a China where the entire political spectrum is socialist, the conservative right is hard-line communist: exactly the reverse of the American system. At first I found Professor Baum to be sympathetic to everything Chinese, but later realized that this is just because of this style of delivery. He is a self-styled Sinologist, a professional China Watcher. As a Political Scientist he is enthusiastic for everything that happens in China, both good and bad. To him it is a fascinating academic study of China as a phenomenon. Don’t let his perceived enthusiasm in the early lectures concerning the rise of communism lead you to believe that he is siding with Chairman Mao. Later he will be equally enthusiastic recounting Mao’s shortcomings. After listening to Professor Baum lecture on the subject of China for over 24 hours, I now consider his approach to be professionally unbiased in a Political Science framework.
This regional history recounts the fall of the old empire, the revolutionary rise of communism, the fall of communism, and the rise of the socialist market economy that has made China the world power it is today. The recent history China is in no way a simple study; it is less a bungee-cord fall and rise than it is the repeated dips and loops of a roller-coaster.
Against unsustainable economic growth, necessitated by appeasement of the masses now made aware of the potentials of freedom brought on by the infusion of Western technologies and ideas, China may well implode as it tries to gain world dominance by abusing the human rights of its people. As Professor Baum concludes his lessons, it is clear that China is still in a state of flux, barely juggling precarious economic stability, tense foreign policy, and the increasing unrest of its people. Ironically, the very thing that makes China a world economic player threatens to undermine the totalitarian power and influence the Chinese Communist Party has over its subjects.
If you want more: try another lecture series: Peter Navarro in THE COMING CHINA WARS. Navarro goes into the serious implosion problems China faces based on the economies of scale.
1. The Splendor That Was China 600 to 1700
2. Malthus and Manchu Hubris 1730 to 1800
3. Barbarians at the Gate 1800 to 1860
4. Rural Misery and Rebellion 1840 to 1860
5. The Self-Strengthening Movement 1860 to 1890
6. Hundred Days of Reform and the Boxer Uprising
7. The End of Empire 1900 to 1911
8. The Failed Republic 1912 to 1919
9. The Birth of Chinese Communism 1917 to 1925
10. Jung, Mao and Civil War 1926 to 1934
11. The Republican Experiment 1927 to 1937
12. Resist Japan 1937 to 1945
13. Jung’s Last Stand 1945 to 1949
14. The Chinese People Have Stood Up
15. Korea, Taiwan and the Cold War 1950 to 1954
16. Socialist Transformation 1953 to 1957
17. Cracks in the Monolith 1957 to 1958
18. The Great Leap Forward 1958 to 1960
19. Demise of the Great Leap Forward 1959 to 1962
20. Never Forget Class Struggle 1962 to 1965
21. Long Live Chairman Mao 1964 to 1965
22. Mao’s Last Revolution Begins 1965 to 1966
23. The Children’s Crusade 1966 to 1967
24. The storm Subsides 1968 to 1969
25. The Sino-Soviet War of Words 1964 to 1969
26. Nixon, Kissinger and China 1969 to 1972
27. Mao’s Deterioration and Death 1971 to 1976
28. The Legacy of Mao Tse-tung, an Appraisal
29. The Post-Mao Interregnum 1976 to 1977
30. Hua Guofeng and the Four Modernizations
31. Deng Takes Command 1978 to 1979
32. The Historic Third Plenum 1978
33. The Normalization of US-China Relations
34. Deng Consolidates His Power 1979 to 1980
35. Socialist Democracy and the Rule of Law
36. Burying Mao 1981 to 1983
37. To Get Rich is Glorious 1982 to 1986
38. The Fault-Lines of Reform 1984 to 1987
39. The Road to Tiananmen 1987 to 1989
40. The Empire Strikes Back 1989
41. After the Deluge 1989 to 1992
42. The Roaring 90s 1992 to 1999
43. The Rise of Chinese Nationalism 1993 to 2001
44. China’s Lost Territories: Taiwan, Hong-Kong
45. China in the New Millennium 2000 to 2008
46. China’s Information Revolution
47. One World, One Dream. The 2008 Olympics
48. China’s Rise. The Sleeping Giant Stirs
Professor Baum does a wonderful job of showing both sides of the conflict and interjects great personal antidotes.
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