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People's History of Ideas Podcast

By: Matthew Rothwell
  • Summary

  • 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.
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Episodes
  • The Red Army Victorious: The Conquest of Several Counties in Jiangxi and Fujian in the Spring of 1929
    Jun 26 2024

    The conquest of Yudu, Xingguo, Ningdu, Longyan, and Yongding counties by the Fourth Red Army. Zhu De reminisces. Also, poetry.

    Further reading:
    Pang Xianzhi and Jin Chongji, Mao Zedong: A Biography, vol. 1: 1893-1949
    Stuart Schram, ed., Mao’s Road to Power, vol. 3: From the Jinggangshan to the Establishment of the Jiangxi Soviets, July 1927-December 1930
    Peng Dehuai, Memoirs of a Chinese Marshall
    Agnes Smedley, The Great Road: The Life and Times of Chu Teh [Zhu De]
    Joseph Fewsmith, Forging Leninism in China: Mao and the Remaking of the Chinese Communist Party, 1927–1934
    Mao Zedong nianpu, 1893-1937 (毛泽东年谱)

    Some names from this episode:
    Zhou Enlai, head of the Organization Department of the Central Committee
    Peng Dehuai, leader of the Fifth Red Army

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    30 mins
  • Mao Tells Zhou Enlai about Guerrilla Warfare
    May 1 2024

    Mao’s April 5, 1929 reply to Zhou Enlai.

    Further reading:
    Pang Xianzhi and Jin Chongji, Mao Zedong: A Biography, vol. 1: 1893-1949
    Stuart Schram, ed., Mao’s Road to Power, vol. 3: From the Jinggangshan to the Establishment of the Jiangxi Soviets, July 1927-December 1930
    David Apter and Tony Saich, Revolutionary Discourse in Mao’s Republic
    Tony Saich, The Rise to Power of the Chinese Communist Party
    Michael Heinrich, Karl Marx and the Birth of Modern Society: The Life of Marx and the Development of His Work

    Some names from this episode:
    Zhou Enlai, head of the Organization Department of the Central Committee
    Xiang Zhongfa, General secretary of the CP
    Guo Fengming, bandit turned Guomindang local despot in Changting
    Liu Shiyi, Guomindang commander
    Ye Ting, Communist military leader
    He Long, Communist military leader

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    24 mins
  • The Party Center Attempts to Assert Control over the Red Army and Orders Mao and Zhu to Report to Shanghai
    Apr 4 2024

    A close look at Zhou Enlai’s February 7, 1929, letter to Mao Zedong and Zhu De.

    Further reading:
    Pang Xianzhi and Jin Chongji, Mao Zedong: A Biography, vol. 1: 1893-1949
    Stuart Schram, ed., Mao’s Road to Power, vol. 3: From the Jinggangshan to the Establishment of the Jiangxi Soviets, July 1927-December 1930
    E. H. Carr, Foundations of a Planned Economy, vol. 3
    Tony Saich, The Rise to Power of the Chinese Communist Party

    Some names from this episode:
    Zhou Enlai, head of the Organization Department of the Central Committee
    Xiang Zhongfa, General secretary of the CP
    Li Lisan, Leading Communist

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    22 mins

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