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Chinese history from ancient to modern times without the agony of reading a history book. Laszlo Montgomery presents topics from China's earliest ages through to modern times

Chinese history from ancient to modern times without the agony of reading a history book. Laszlo Montgomery presents topics from China's earliest ages through to modern times
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Chinese history from ancient to modern times without the agony of reading a history book. Laszlo Montgomery presents topics from China's earliest ages through to modern times

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@laszlochp

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English

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310-385-0880


Episodes

CHP-226-The Seven Great Singing Stars of Shanghai Part 1

7/14/2019
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In this latest CHP installment Laszlo finally gets around to introducing The Seven Great Singing Stars of old Shanghai whose performing skills on the silver screen and on 78 records provide us with a nostalgic glimpse of long gone and controversial era. In this Part 1 episode we will focus on the one who made it all possible, the talented Li Jinhui. Mr. Spun Counterguy from the "In the Corner Back By the Woodpile" podcast joins Laszlo to assist in telling this story. Next time in Part 2...

Duration:00:31:08

CHP-225-The History of Tang Poetry Part 8

6/30/2019
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The CHP 8-Part series on the history of Tang Poetry concludes with this episode that looks at the lives of three more poets: Li He, Du Mu and Li Shangyin. And for an encore Laszlo will recite poems from all three of these greats. The Late Tang period of Chinese poetry was marked with all the signs of an imperial house in decline. It was a sad and melancholy time and quite a few Late Tang poems expressed the hopelessness felt during these sorrowful years.

Duration:00:26:46

CHP-224-The History of Tang Poetry Part 7

6/16/2019
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In this seventh installment of the history of Tang poetry we move on to the Middle Tang period. While the poetry might not be as celebrated as that produced during the High Tang, there were still many figures beloved in their own time and all through the centuries. We'll look at three of them in this episode: Bai Juyi, Yuan Zhen and Xue Tao. Next episode we'll finish off the series with the Late Tang poets.

Duration:00:28:17

CHP-223-The History of Tang Poetry Part 6

6/1/2019
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Laszlo finishes up the High Tang period of Chinese poetry. Wang Wei and Meng Haoran are showcased in this episode.

Duration:00:24:32

CHP-222-The History of Tang Poetry Part 5

5/19/2019
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This is the Du Fu episode. Along with Li Bai, discussed last episode, he's considered the greatest poet in Chinese history. That's of course a matter of opinion. We'll take a brief look at the rough road Du Fu had to walk most of his years. In addition to looking at his life we'll hear a few of his regulated verse poems.

Duration:00:25:15

CHP-221-The History of Tang Poetry Part 4

5/5/2019
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Li Bai is showcased in this fourth installment of Laszlo's not very deep dive into the history of Tang poetry. We're still in the High Tang period of Chinese poetry. This episode will focus more on Li Bai's story (and legend) rather than an in-depth analysis of his poetry. He, along with several other poets from this time are cultural icons and treasures of the Chinese people. Check the links and resources for other scholarly and biographical info on Li Bai, Du Fu and other great Tang poets....

Duration:00:27:27

CHP-220-The History of Tang Poetry Part 3

4/21/2019
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Finally in this part 3 episode Laszlo gets to the Tang poetry part of the series. After finishing up some of the good stuff that came out of the Six Dynasties, we'll get a first look at the Early and High Tang periods. More poets and more great poetry compilations will also be introduced. A lot of names and titles of works this episode. Feel free to check the terms from the episode and read up on some of them. Plenty of links to translated works of Classical Chinese poetry. If this series is...

Duration:00:31:48

CHP-219-The History of Tang Poetry Part 2

4/7/2019
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In Part 2 Laszlo will finish up an overview of pre-Tang poetry and show where everything went from the Classic of Poetry and Songs of Chu. Fu rhapsodies, Yue Fu poetry and the works from the Jian'an era will be introduced. Tang poetry didn't arise out of nothing. It was the collective genius and creativity of all these pre and post-Qin Chinese literati who built the foundation that the Tang masters built on. Please come back for Part 3 where we'll finally get to the early Tang (maybe).

Duration:00:29:25

CHP-218-The History of Tang Poetry Part 1

3/24/2019
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In this first of a series introducing the history of the development of Chinese poetry, Laszlo focuses on the two most important works from Pre-Qin China. These were the Classic of Poetry and the Songs of Chu. Though we will not get to the Tang Dynasty in this episode, we'll look at what came prior and how each new style impacted newer emerging styles of poetry. The life of Qu Yuan and Chu Kingdom will also be introduced.

Duration:00:25:21

CHP-217-The History of the Hokkien People Part 2

3/9/2019
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Laszlo continues his shallow dive into the Hokkien people with a focus on the history of the Hokkien diaspora who populated many cities and towns throughout Southeast Asia.

Duration:00:32:34

CHP-216-The History of the Hokkien People Part 1

2/25/2019
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We're back in ancient times once again, this time looking at the homeland of the Hokkien people. As we've done with other groups of Southern Chinese (Teochew, Toi San, Hakka) this time Laszlo provides a broad overview of the people from the south of Fujian Province, the Hokkien or Hoklo people. Before we get into the Qing era diaspora, Laszlo focuses on how Fujian developed from a land populated by Yuè people to a part of Han Dynasty China with a focus on the Minyue Kingdom.

Duration:00:24:01

CHP-215-V.K. Wellington Koo Part 2

2/10/2019
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In this longer than expected Part 2 episode we look at Wellington Koo's role in the Paris Peace Conference and all the drama that surrounded this historic event from one hundred years ago. Then we'll look at the rest of Koo's career as a statesman, diplomat and later as a judge.

Duration:00:38:32

CHP-214-V.K. Wellington Koo Part 1

1/27/2019
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With the centenary of the Paris Peace Conference now upon us this month, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to commemorate the event by introducing the life of Wellington Koo. In this first of a two-part series we will look at the historical events that shaped his early life and career. In this Part 1 episode we will look at the backstory and setup to the Conference. Then in Part 2 we will look at the dramatic events that went on between January and April 1919 as well as the...

Duration:00:29:23

CHP-213-The History of the Jewish Refugees in China Part 6

1/11/2019
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In this final episode of the series Laszlo introduces the Shanghai Ghetto, the final years of WWII and the aftermath. Please check the show notes at the web site for all kinds of books and videos from this period. Thanks to everyone who made it through all six episodes.

Duration:00:28:31

CHP-212-The History of the Jewish Refugees in China Part 5

12/29/2018
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The drama continues with the final arrivals of European Jewish refugees into Shanghai, 1941-42. Afterwards, the China option, that had previously served as a safety net for Jews seeking refuge far from the Nazi's, was no longer available. Sugihara Chiune, Tadeusz Romer, Laura Margolis and others are also introduced in this episode. The series will conclude in the next episode.

Duration:00:27:42

CHP-211-The History of the Jewish Refugees in China Part 4

12/16/2018
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Laszlo looks at Japanese attitudes towards the Jews and how it affected their treatment in Shanghai. The focus will be on the year 1939, when the the greatest wave of Jewish refugees arrived in Shanghai. Then we will look at a little known tidbit from history concerning a plan championed by Sun Ke (son of Sun Yat-sen) to rescue of Europe's Jews.

Duration:00:25:12

CHP-210-The History of the Jewish Refugees in China Part 3

11/28/2018
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This third episode in a series examining the history of the Jewish refugees who found sanctuary on the east coast of China, focuses on escalating events in Europe around 1938-1939. With the consolidation of Hitler's rise, it didn't bode well for many Jews. As the countdown to Kristallnacht gets closer the situation becomes more urgent and Shanghai as a destination becomes more popular. The great humanitarian He Fengshan (何凤山) will also be introduced.

Duration:00:28:58

CHP-209-The History of the Jewish Refugees in China Part 2

11/17/2018
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With the story of the Harbin Jews mostly out of the way, Laszlo moves on to the smaller and less known Jewish community of Tianjin. Then as the 1930's unfolds and after Hitler came to power, our story shifts to the European Jews. In this episode we'll look at the events leading up to Kristallnacht November 1938. In Part 3 we'll focus on 1938 and 1939.

Duration:00:26:44

CHP-208-The History of the Jewish Refugees in China Part 1

10/22/2018
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Laszlo is back with a new series that looks at the history of the Jewish refugees who came to China during the first part of the twentieth century. In this episode, after a long drawn out intro that examines a bit of background on Jewish history, Laszlo explains how many Jews made their way to China to escape hard times back home. In the next episode the story will continue with more from Harbin, Tianjin and Shanghai. All Yiddish and Jewish terms from this episode can be found in the usual...

Duration:00:44:40

CHP-207-The Forgotten Chinese Labour Corps

8/31/2018
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In commemoration of the American Labor Day Holiday, Laszlo brings you a rather forgotten tale from the annals of Chinese modern history. Discussed in previous CHP episodes, the Chinese Labour Corps played a thankless but critical role in the allied victory over Germany in WWI. Who could have predicted the series of events that would happen as a result of the story of these men and the subsequent peace treaty that didn't recognize them or their country. When it was over in early 1919, the...

Duration:00:39:48