The China History Podcast


Since 2010, The China History Podcast, presented by Laszlo Montgomery brings you over two hundred episodes of curated topics from China's antiquity to modern times.


  • CHP 10-Year Special Series: US-China Relations 1969-1972-Part 3

    CHP 10-Year Special Series: US-China Relations 1969-1972-Part 3

    20/06/2020 Duração: 22min

    Things are really heating up as we start Part 3 of this special 10-Year Anniversary special program.  In this episode we re-live the drama of ping-pong diplomacy and breakthrough in the talks.  Zhou Enlai agrees to meet with Henry Kissinger.  The dates of July 9-11, 1971 are agreed upon.  And we close this episode with the secret visit to Beijing by Kissinger and the face to face meetings with Zhou Enlai.

  • CHP 10-Year Special Series: US-China Relations 1969-1972-Part 2

    CHP 10-Year Special Series: US-China Relations 1969-1972-Part 2

    18/06/2020 Duração: 23min

    Thanks for coming back to Part 2 of this special CHP 10-Year Special Series.  The focus is in 1969-1970 with the US and PRC sending signals through their mutual Pakistani, French and Romanian friends. China is still dealing with a border war with the Soviets. The Vietnam War was not letting up.  Finally Zhou Enlai sends written word that a presidential envoy is welcome to visit and discuss the subject of Taiwan and other matters of mutual concern. 

  • CHP 10-Year Special Series: US-China Relations 1969-1972-Part 1

    CHP 10-Year Special Series: US-China Relations 1969-1972-Part 1

    16/06/2020 Duração: 21min

    Back in November 2010 when I started the China History Podcast I presented a two-part series on the visit to China in 1972 of Richard Nixon.  Those were the old episodes CHP-008 and 009.  I retired those from the back catalog and would like to present this total makeover version instead.  Here is Part 1 of a seven part series that will come your way over the next 2 weeks. The reason I chose this topic over so many others is this. Looking at the seemingly hopeless state of US-China relations at this time in 2020, it's important to remember we were in similar circumstances before and still found a way to hold our noses and get along with each other all these years.  The US and China are racing  along a dangerous path right now and maybe there's something we can learn in looking back at those years between 1969-1972. Admittedly these are vastly different times compared to then.  We can work it out. In Part 1 this time we'll get an overview of just how bad US and PRC relations were between 1949 to 1969.

  • CHP-250-The History of Xinjiang Part 7

    CHP-250-The History of Xinjiang Part 7

    15/06/2020 Duração: 29min

    In this arguably milestone 250th episode we finally get around to the Uyghurs. Their ancient history is discussed and how they rose from one of several tribes in a Turkic confederation to their own Khaganate. The Tang Dynasty is finished off and a new religion (not Manichaeism, Nestorian Church, Buddhism, or Zoroastrianism) will start knocking on China's door.

  • CHP-249-The History of Xinjiang Part 6

    CHP-249-The History of Xinjiang Part 6

    29/05/2020 Duração: 38min

    We finally make it to the Tang Dynasty and their Protectorate to Pacify the West.  Their adventures out in Xinjiang lasted off and on for about a hundred and fifty years.  In this episode I'll try and sort out the major events and players who made up this high point in Silk Road trade.  The history in Xinjiang was dominated by Tang China, various Turkic tribes and a very powerful and warlike Tibetan Empire.

  • CHP-248-The History of Xinjiang Part 5

    CHP-248-The History of Xinjiang Part 5

    17/05/2020 Duração: 31min

    The saga continues, and how exciting it's becoming! The Göktürks, the Sui Dynasty, Buddhism galore and lots of historic times to all starting to happen. In this Part 5 episode the plot thickens and Xinjiang is getting a facelift. In a few hundred years you will hardly recognize it.  

  • CHP-247-The History of Xinjiang Part 4

    CHP-247-The History of Xinjiang Part 4

    02/05/2020 Duração: 34min

    This episode we bid farewell to the Han Dynasty and hello to a long period of a disunited China. The states and kingdoms of the basins of Xinjiang catch a bit of a break. We take a quick look at a few of the kingdoms of the southern Tarim Basin as well as Turpan. And what episode would be complete without some nomadic bad guys causing the Chinese so much stress? We also look at the Rouran and the Hephthalites.

  • CHP-246-The History of Xinjiang Part 3

    CHP-246-The History of Xinjiang Part 3

    20/04/2020 Duração: 34min

    More Han Dynasty for you in this Part 3 episode with a special focus on the great diplomat and general Ban Chao.   Back in those Han Dynasty days Xinjiang was still considered very far away and not so easy to hold onto.  From the Han till the Tang, as Silk Road riches continue to grow along the trade routes, China will be in and out of the Western regions and face all kinds of competition for the great wealth contained within the Tarim and Turpan basins.

  • CHP-245-The History of Xinjiang Part 2

    CHP-245-The History of Xinjiang Part 2

    06/04/2020 Duração: 32min

    In this Part 2 episode we leave pre-history behind and look at Xinjiang's importance during the Qin and Han dynasties. Here is where the Han Chinese interaction with these lands far to the west began. Though a good portion of today's episode doesn't actually take place in Xinjiang, the story of the Yuezhi, Xiongnu, Zhang Qian and rise of Han Dynasty China is central to everything that follows later. 

  • CHP-244-The History of Xinjiang Part 1

    CHP-244-The History of Xinjiang Part 1

    23/03/2020 Duração: 31min

    In this CHP episode we start a new multi-part series that looks at the history of the land known today as Xinjiang. This series will cover about 4000 years of history starting in this episode with the Tarim Mummies.

  • CHP-243-Kawashima Yoshiko Part 3

    CHP-243-Kawashima Yoshiko Part 3

    08/03/2020 Duração: 32min

    In this final installment introducing the life and death of Kawashima Yoshiko we look at the last decade and a half of her strange and tragic life.  Last episode her star was on the rise.  But after 1933 it's one long slow steady decline into madness and despair. 

  • CHP-242-Kawashima Yoshiko Part 2

    CHP-242-Kawashima Yoshiko Part 2

    24/02/2020 Duração: 29min

    We continue on with Part 2 of the strange life of the Manchu Princess, Kawashima Yoshiko.  Now she's on her own, in China, without any "adult supervision" and in full sartorial splendor.  The early years of the 1930's are presenting a few opportunities for Yoshiko after making all kinds of new "friends" in Shanghai.    

  • CHP-241-Kawashima Yoshiko Part 1

    CHP-241-Kawashima Yoshiko Part 1

    10/02/2020 Duração: 28min

    We leave the warlords behind but not the time period. This time, in this first of a three part series, we examine the strange and tragic life of Kawashima Yoshiko. Born a princess in the Manchu Qing royal family, she went on to have quite an extraordinary life. In this Part 1 episode we'll look at her early days and rehash some old Qing Dynasty history from the 17th century

  • CHP-240-The Warlord Era Part 10

    CHP-240-The Warlord Era Part 10

    27/01/2020 Duração: 41min

    In this concluding episode we close the book on this China Warlord Era overview that began in 1916 and lingered on and on until 1930.  By the time it was over Japan was on the cusp on their invasion of Manchuria plunging China into another national crisis.  In Part Ten we'll look at Zhang Zongchang's Warlord Rebellion in Northeast Shandong and a special focus on Liu Zhennian, the Red Spears and the Central Plains War.

  • CHP-239-The Warlord Era Part 9

    CHP-239-The Warlord Era Part 9

    11/01/2020 Duração: 29min

    As the Northern Expedition ramps up and the Warlord Era starts to wind down, there's still plenty of action and violence to go around. In this episode we look at the events following the Shanghai Massacre when Chiang and his "ally" Wang Jingwei take the fight to Zhang Zuolin's northern warlord alliance. The Manchurian Warlords meets his end in this episode. We'll finish off the series next time in Part 10.

  • CHP-238-The Warlord Era Part 8

    CHP-238-The Warlord Era Part 8

    30/12/2019 Duração: 32min

    Part 8 in this series first presents a brief overview of "The Model Governor" Yan Xishan and his home province of Shanxi. After some daring moves on Chiang Kai-shek's part, he bests his opponents and takes control of the KMT and the National Revolutionary Army. Under his command, Chiang launches the Northern Expedition. This episode will focus on the fateful years of 1926-1927.

  • CHP-237-The Warlord Era Part 7

    CHP-237-The Warlord Era Part 7

    16/12/2019 Duração: 28min

    In this Part 7 episode, the decade of battling warlords is coming to an end.  Anhui and Zhili, then Zhili and Fengtian...and then Zhili and Fengtian again...The last of these series of clashes between warlords contending for supremacy in China will be the Anti-Fengtian War (covered in this very episode).  After 1925 everyone had had enough with these military governors.  Was anyone going to step up and take them on and deal with the warlords once and for all?  In these final years it won't be warlords fighting each other as much as they will be fighting for their own survival.

  • CHP-236-The Warlord Era Part 6

    CHP-236-The Warlord Era Part 6

    02/12/2019 Duração: 31min

    Things were looking on the up and up for Wu Peifu after his defeat of Zhang Zuolin in the First Zhili-Fengtian War. In this episode we look at the years 1922-24 and the Second Zhili-Fengtian War.  And you can't talk about the Second Zhiuli-Fengtian War without also mentioning the Jiangsu-Zhejiang War. The Christian Warlord Feng Yuxiang is featured in this episode.  Besides the old stalwarts, also mentioned in this episode will be Lu Yongxiang, Qi Xieyuan, Sun Chuanfang and Zhang Zongchang. Still have a few more major warlords to go before we come to the end of this tale.

  • CHP-235-The Warlord Era Part 5

    CHP-235-The Warlord Era Part 5

    18/11/2019 Duração: 30min

    In Part 5 Laszlo gives the backstory to the Anhui-Zhili War and introduces another warlord, the famous Zhang Zuolin…The Manchurian Warlord.  With this civil war within the Beiyang Organization, the unity that existed since the time of Yuan Shikai is smashed.  We'll look at the very brief war between the forces of Duan Qirui and their Zhili opponents led by Wu Peifu as well as the aftermath up to and including the First Zhili-Fengtian War, 1922-1924.

  • CHP-234-The Warlord Era Part 4

    CHP-234-The Warlord Era Part 4

    02/11/2019 Duração: 32min

    The saga continues with the splintering of the Beiyang Army into factions or cliques who will battle each other for supremacy of the government. Hubei military governor Wang Zhanyuan will be examined as one of the textbook examples of how these generals evolved into warlords. Zhili Clique leaders Cao Kun and Wu Peifu will also be introduced.

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