People's History of Ideas Podcast

By Matthew Rothwell

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.

  1. 1.
    The “Tender-Hearted Communist:” Qu Qiubai
    25:00
  2. 2.
    Army or Militia? Mao and the Politburo Diverge on Military Policy for the Autumn Harvest Uprising
    26:11
  3. 3.
    The Decisive Turn to Overthrowing the Guomindang: The 7 August 1927 Emergency Conference
    28:07
  4. 4.
    The Nanchang Uprising (August 1, 1927)
    28:14
  5. 5.
    The End of the United Front (June to July 1927)
    21:58
  6. 6.
    “Like Taking a Bath in a Toilet” (May and June 1927)
    26:05
  7. 7.
    “An Example of the Chinese Tenant-Peasant’s Life”
    20:10
  8. 8.
    Mao Tries to Legislate a Peasant Revolution: The Wuhan Land Commission (April to May 1927)
    29:39
  1. 9.
    The Fifth Party Congress and the ‘Better Fewer but Better’ Approach to Summing up a Massacre
    27:59
  2. 10.
    Rivers of Blood in the Streets of Shanghai: The Massacre of the Communists by the Guomindang Right
    24:51
  3. 11.
    The Third Armed Uprising in Shanghai
    23:00
  4. 12.
    The Split in the Guomindang: The Left Government in Wuhan and the Military Headquarters in Nanchang Develop Irreconcilable Differences (January to March 1927)
    23:39
  5. 13.
    Summation, Red Terror, and Frustration: The Aftermath of the Second Armed Uprising in Shanghai (February and March 1927)
    25:17
  6. 14.
    The Second Armed Uprising in Shanghai (February 1927)
    25:26
  7. 15.
    From Dog-Beating Squads to the First Armed Uprising: The Shanghai Communists’ Steep Learning Curve in Developing Armed Struggle (1922 to 1926)
    23:49
  8. 16.
    When Peasant Revolution Meets the Theory of the Productive Forces: The Communist Debate on Unity with the Nationalist Left
    23:39
  9. 17.
    More Mass Movements, More Problems: The Aggressive Line of the Guangdong Comrades
    25:21
  10. 18.
    Revolution in the Countryside: The Peasant Movement in Hunan in the Wake of the Northern Expedition
    32:06
  11. 19.
    The Northern Expedition Begins: Attempts at Merging the Mass Movement with Regular Warfare
    29:27
  12. 20.
    Mao in 1926: War in Hunan, Coup in Guangzhou, Polemicizing for the Peasant Movement
    27:29
  13. 21.
    Spreading Peasant Revolution Across Guangdong, and Beyond: The Guangzhou Peasant Movement Training Institute
    26:23
  14. 22.
    The Beginning of the Peasant Movement in Guangdong Province: How the Communist Party Got a Mass Base of Peasant Support in Spite of Itself
    22:26
  15. 23.
    The March 1926 Zhongshan Gunboat Incident: Coup and Countercoup in the Pearl River Delta
    21:33
  16. 24.
    From Quaker Peace Activist to Maoist Revolutionary: An Oral History of Personal Transformation from a 1971 American Delegation to China
    1:36:14
  17. 25.
    Bonus: New China Song by Prairie Fire
    7:36
  18. 26.
    The Beginning of Maoism: Mao Zedong’s “Analysis of All the Classes in Chinese Society”
    26:06
  19. 27.
    Propaganda, Criticism and Corruption: Mao as Propagandist and Disciplinarian (October 1925 to early 1926)
    23:27
  20. 28.
    Strike, Assassination and War: The Revolution/Counter-Revolution Dialectic in Guangdong in the Second Half of 1925
    25:59
  21. 29.
    Guangdong Spring 1925: Revolutionary Warfare Erupts and Workers Shut Down Hong Kong
    24:39
  22. 30.
    The Soviet Military Alliance with the Guomindang, and the Creation of the National Revolutionary Army
    24:41
  23. 31.
    Peasant Revolution?: An Exhausted Mao Rediscovers His Roots
    28:14
  24. 32.
    Gonzalo in the Middle Kingdom: What Abimael Guzmán Tells Us in His Three Discussions of His Two Trips to China
    1:08:37
  25. 33.
    The May 30 Movement: The Chinese People’s Uprising Against the British and Japanese in 1925
    28:00
  26. 34.
    Lenin’s Ideas on Revolutionary Situations and the Situation in the United States Today
    24:55
  27. 35.
    Back to the Labor Front!: The Japanese Mills Strike of 1925
    20:31
  28. 36.
    The Proletarian Nation vs. The Theory of the Productive Forces
    27:10
  29. 37.
    Friends Close, Enemies Closer: The United Front in Action
    23:10
  30. 38.
    The Road Is Tortuous: The Chinese Revolution and the End of the Global Sixties
    42:33
  31. 39.
    The Loneliest United Front: The Chinese Communist Party in 1923
    22:52
  32. 40.
    Communist Unionizing and the Genesis of the United Front with the Guomindang
    25:05
  33. 41.
    Workers' Revolution or Nationalist United Front? Early Strategic Decisions of the Chinese Communist Party
    24:04
  34. 42.
    Demarcation and Organization: The Chinese Communist Party is Founded
    22:36
  35. 43.
    From Russia with Organizational Expertise: The Comintern Comes to China
    24:46
  36. 44.
    The Communist International
    25:45
  37. 45.
    Mao's Anarchist Years (The Young Mao Zedong Part Two)
    25:40
  38. 46.
    Liberals Becoming Marxists: The New Culture and May 4th Movements (1915-1919)
    26:47
  39. 47.
    The Young Mao Zedong
    22:58
  40. 48.
    The 1911 Revolution
    23:21
  41. 49.
    Revolutionary Voices from the End of the Qing Dynasty
    24:50
  42. 50.
    The Boxer Uprising of 1900
    26:54

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