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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I loved the passion the narrator expressed especially as he experienced some of the story himself.
The characters he highlighted around the turn of the 20 century were expressed vividly.
For some of the story I was surprised by what I heard
A must listen for anyone who lived through any of the Mao Zedong era in China.
First hand experience. My jaw dropped when he talked about how much of the information in the lectures came from his daring (and quite stupid) move as a young student to smuggle documents out of a government reading room in then-authoritarian Taiwan.
If you're serious about learning modern Chinese history, don't miss it. It's as gripping as any lecture series can possibly get.
Yes, especially if I had someone to discuss it with. There is a lot information covering the last few centuries of China. too much for one go. I learned a lot that I only knew about from vague rumors and vague news before.
This course has me searching excitedly for other lectures of similar quality. Baum's expertise is unquestionable, and his style is both engaging and interesting. It doesn't hurt that the subject matter really makes one think about the world and human nature.
I'm hoping to find one. So far I haven't, but I'm trying other Great Lecture series in the hopes that they'll be this good.
Well, it's really long, but I'd definitely sit in the car to catch a few more minutes.
I lived in China for several years, and have a decent sense and understanding of the political and philosophical history of China, but being such a large, diverse and long-standing country it is very hard to put into a concise/manageable form. The Fall and Rise of China was spot on, and contained several in-depth lectures on Historical China up through present-time.
The fact that the author was such a subject matter expert and fun to listen to at the same time.
Learning about the turmoil of the early 20th century that led to the CCP gaining traction due to the fact that the Nationalists were tied into a war with Japan was something I found pretty insightful, as well as the early political struggles of Mao and his changing alliances/whims/strategy and the outgrowth of his contemporaries into the creation of today's China.
Yes, but at 24 hours that was going to be a pretty difficult undertaking!
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
The way the story was told was not just palatable but utterly gripping - I have listened to a few of these and this was one of the best.
He is really passionate about the subject and not in an annoying way. Loved how he pronounced different things in Chinese !
This became my priority. Could not listen to anything else.
Sometimes he does focus on inter-party relations and it can be a bit difficult to follow who's who because of all the Chinese names - however this is by no means a fault of the book/narrator, I am just unfamiliar with the language and therefore sometimes it was a bit difficult
This was my first listen to a course serries on Audible. I was unsure what to expect. The author/professor's depth of knowledge and ability to provide details and nuanced meaning of the historical events were invigorating to the topic.
I am a fan of Barbara Tuchman and this narration seemed similar to me.
great insight into China is today and how they got there. Much ground work is covered to establish what makes the Chinese tick. Wonderful insights.
Yes. It contains so much information and listening to it again would improve a coherent understanding of the recent history of China.
His love and enthusiasm for the subject are reflected in his voice and presentation style.
No. The sheer duration makes this pretty much impossible. Daily 30 minute lectures on my commute to work are perfect.
This has by far been the best audiobook lecture I've listened to so far.
The author's ability to take history and turn it into a story, seasoned with his own first-hand experiences, makes it an easy, enlightening, and engaging listen.
The author's pace, compared to some of the other courses I've listened to, makes this course easy to follow. It's not sluggish like some others, and it doesn't bring any material in too fast.
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