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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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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  • John E
  • Sussex, NJ USA
  • 01-20-18

Excellent Course!

If you could sum up The Fall and Rise of China in three words, what would they be?

This course provides an excellent foundation to better understand China and it's emerging place in the world. Something we all should take notice of.I took a two semesters of this topic as an undergrad but I have to say, this was much better.In all, this has been one of the best in the Great Courses series.Professor Baum was also excellent. I wish I would have had him when I was in college

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Worthwhile

This was a surprisingly easy listen. Professor Baum presents a deep knowledge of China's recent history and offers some insight into its future.

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Better than my 10 years of history classes

What did you love best about The Fall and Rise of China?

The sharp, factual, and logically precisely delivered presentation is THE BEST I've ever heard on the rather "chaotic" part of China's modern history. Born and raised in the capital of Mainland China, I grew up being familiar with many of the stories told in the lectures, but this is surprisingly the first time ever I actually am able to put all of those familiar historica stories in the correct and logical timeline, thanks to Profossor Baum's year's of study and indept understanding of human nature and politic presented in the simpliest yet powerful way. Only wished I've listened to these lectures earlier and read more of his books.It helped me understand my country and belief better than ever.

Which character – as performed by Professor Richard Baum – was your favorite?

The stories between Mao and GMO, Mao and the Russian dictator was sratched vividly.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The fall of Zheng He at the end of Ming Dynasty is a rather herioc tragedy. Will the history be somewhat different if he was not so brilliantly successful or if his emperor was another person with more openmind, more vision and less ego?

Any additional comments?

Would recommend to anyone that ever wondered about the relationship between China and the US.

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Salute to Prof. Richard Baum

Thanks Prof. Baum, Great Courses, and Audible for such a wonderful class! I can’t think of anyone else who can teach this class up to the level of Prof. Baum. Thanks again for all you have inspired and shared with us!

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Awesome

Sometimes difficult to keep the names straight but the story was excellent. I like that there was a review of earlier Chinese history at first but that it really focused in detail on Mao and Deng for the remainder

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Wakening Dragon

Though Professor Richard Baum leans left, politically, he presents Communist China objectively, capturing a complex nation in search of its own identity in a highly complex world.

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read this to really learn about china

I study Mandarin and Chinese history and work with Chinese colleagues. this series provided me an insight into the history, current government interworking and cultural norms that no other set of resources has.

the segments are short, but perfect to allow you to absorb the material. after this I have been hooked in the great courses series, but this is the best one I have found.

well worth the credit!


"audible 20 review sweepstakes entry"

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An excellent review of China's recent history

This is an excellent course, spanning from China's humiliation and the disastrous centuries that followed it's collapse under pressure from the colonialist powers. Baum weaves his personal experiences into a deep and very reasonable analysis of the forces that brought us the failed nationalist revolution, the rise of Mao, Deng and the economic revolution that followed the reforms that started in 1978. The story ends in 2009, but the tools we received helps us understand Xi's challenges.

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  • Joel
  • United States
  • 10-24-17

Exceptional

I bought the audiobook. 24 hours of compelling content. Exceptional spin up on modern China.

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Wonderful read

It's amazing how deep he is into Chinese culture. His enthusiasm fascinates me. Love his course. Hope to see you in the future!