The History of China

The History of China

Published by: Chris Stewart
170 Episodes | First Released: Nov 25 '13
An audio journey through the 5000 year history of one of the world's oldest continuous civilizations.
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vwang337
Dec 27 '19
Rating:   10
Well Researched

Most detailed English podcast about Chinese political history. The host takes time to delivery quality information that few know about.My favorite segment is about the Song Dynasty. It definitely changed my original perception of that dynasty.

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Wake up early
Dec 15 '19
Rating:   10
Just what you're looking for

China enthusiasts have a hard time finding books and sources in English. Most books are general histories, and while the primary sources are available, there is no massive body of work to analyze them like what we have for Livy, Polybius, and Bede. This podcast does a great summation of significant parts of Chinese history, with just the appropriate amount of editorializing. Most histories cover an era in a single chapter, but HOC goes into good detail for each. You may always want more, but this one exceeded my expectations.

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Tommiegirl75
Dec 13 '19
Rating:   10
Scintillating, Absorbing, Illustrious and Sensationally Juicy!

Every episode pulls you in. There is not one reality or scripted tv show that could entertain and educate as well this awesome podcast! Sans Doctor Who... The clear and vivid pictures that Chris paints with his comprehensive and Stimulating narrative rivals the even the most famous Pingshu. Sima Qian's Records of The Grand Historian and Bamboo Annals are in good hands. I'm sure The Jade Emperor is proud!

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DaySlayerZ
Dec 12 '19
Rating:   10
My favorite history podcast

Great podcast. At this point it’s like an old friend.

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CearbhaillFrey
Oct 30 '19
Rating:   10
Fantastic

I recently discovered history podcasts. This one has become one of my favorites. The host is easy to listen to. I never get bored and tune him out. I highly recommend this to anyone looking to learn more about this part of the world.

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jillyblue
Sep 5 '19
Rating:   8
So far so good

Just started listening and really enjoy the narrative and enthusiasm. As an avid history buff, I’m always on the lookout for a great podcast. Can definitely recommend!

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Claregrb
Jul 30 '19
Rating:   10
Funny, knowledgeable host and great historical overview and detail

This podcast is a must for anyone interest in Chinese history specifically or Asian history in general—novice, student, or teacher alike! The host is funny, the content and analysis is interesting, and the breadth covered is really impressive. There is a really impressive balance between providing a historical overview and adding in modern takes. I have assigned these podcasts in my teaching, but I also recommended to colleagues. I can’t recommend enough!

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Dash Y.
Jun 29 '19
Rating:   10
Awesome

This is a great podcast, it is so interesting I just love it. He has a great voice that is so easy to listen to, I listen to a lot of history podcasts but only recently found the history of China but it has instantly become one of my favorites

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timballisto123
Jun 5 '19
Rating:   10
I am constantly looking for podcasts that measure up

This was one of the first history podcasts I ever listened to, and it has set the bar for me. No longer can I tolerate history podcasts jumping from date to date willy-nilly. No- it needs to be chronological with excellent cultural context and side anecdotes to bring the era to life. While some of the names do get confusing after a while, you really only need to remember them until they are either exiled, executed, or die peacefully of old age which seem to be the only three options open to the movers and shakers of Imperial China.The dips into palace intrigue are fascinating, especially since there’s about 2,000+ years of backstabbing, backroom deals, puppet emperors, and... eunuchs. I also enjoy his nuances and unbiased take on some of the most notorious people in Chinese history. His episodes on the infamous Empress Wu and Empress Liu were excellent in particular, with his cautions of Confucian revisionist history and general common sense.I have tried other podcasts but I’ve been spoiled by this one- I look forward to every episode, and often go back to listen to particularly complicated episodes for clarity.Great job, and keep it up!

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Delta5012
Jun 4 '19
Rating:   10
Assessable, humorous, history!

A perfect intro to Chinese history and the host’s sarcasm helps remove the occasionally dry nature of history.

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Eghows
Jun 2 '19
Rating:   10
Great research, great humor!

I missed the Episode Hostage Crisis of May 31, 2019, but here’s a review anyway 🤪 I love the informal, yet highly informative style of this podcast. It makes my morning routine and commute so much more interesting. Re: the recent post on the UK cable on Tiananmen Square, I can’t wait for Chris to get to the May 4th movement and it being the origin of the CCP’s paranoia about populist movements overthrowing authoritarian regimes (*cough*Qingdynasty*cough*CCP*)I’ll just sit here and wait 50 years for those episodes 😉 Keep up the good work!

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repentantgamer
May 31 '19
Rating:   10
Keeps History Fun and Engaging

This is a great podcast for anyone who loves history. The podcaster is a great storyteller.

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Macouland
May 17 '19
Rating:   10
Incredibly well done

This podcast is an amazing guide through the history of the oldest nation on the planet. There is A LOT to cover, indeed. If that is an overwhelming thought, don’t knock the podcast. It’s just not for you.

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daby baby
May 1 '19
Rating:   4
Not engaging

Throws a bunch of names and dates of kings at you relentlessly, no flavor or sense of why the time was like for actual people. Just calling some brutal things awesome is about as far as he goes to make things interesting. Doesn’t review too much and with the endless stream of names it makes it very hard to keep straight what’s happening. Would prefer a wider cultural outlook.

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SushiTheRuski
Apr 28 '19
Rating:   10
If you like Mike Duncan, you’ll like this

Of all the history podcasts out there imitating Mike Duncan, this guy comes the closest. And because the topic is so different and so vast, you’re guaranteed to learn something here you won’t hear in any other history podcast. The only problem is that Chinese history (especially the period of disunity) is just SO alien to Western audiences, with place names and names of leaders so hard for Westerners to follow that it can be easy to lose the thread. Chris did a great job catching us up at the end of the period of disunity but that was dozens of episodes after I started getting lost, so keep that in mind when getting started

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Peter1738
Apr 8 '19
Rating:   10
Amazing!

My favorite podcast, Chinese history is just so fascinating, and the host really knows his stuff. There are plenty of great “History of X” podcasts (Byzantium, Japan, England and Egypt all spring to mind), but this is the only one that I loved as much as the History of Rome. If you haven’t listened to it (and you should), that’s high praise.Main takeaway: never trust a eunuch

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JHinHMB
Mar 23 '19
Rating:   10
Great introduction to China’s history

Started listening in anticipation of my first trip to China this summer. This is a great introduction to China’s fascinating history. Great stories well told in an accessible & enjoyable way.

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PaigeyMagey
Mar 13 '19
Rating:   10
Thank you

Your podcast is one of my favorites. Thank you for making Chinese history so accessible.

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midwestred
Mar 3 '19
Rating:   10
Brutal I love it

This is how history is meant to be told.Classes of production, competition among exploiters, and all humanity pulled along the twists and turns.

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gjd012345
Feb 26 '19
Rating:   10
History of China

I will probably never remember the names, but Chris does a great job of relating the stories! Fantastic show - well reasearched and organized.

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