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How can we account for China’s momentous - and almost wholly unanticipated - global rise? And what does it mean, for us in the West and for humanity’s future?

Speaking to these vital and fascinating questions, these 48 penetrating lectures by Professor Baum bring to vivid life the human struggles, the titanic political upheavals, and the spectacular speed of China’s modern rebirth. Offering multilevel insight into one of the most astounding real-life dramas of modern history, the lectures weave together the richly diverse developments and sociopolitical currents that created the China you now read about in the headlines.

You’ll get a detailed understanding of all the core events in China’s century of stunning change, including the collapse of the Qing dynasty, the Republican era and civil wars, the "Great Leap Forward", the Cultural Revolution, and the post-Mao economic "miracle". Throughout, Professor Baum reveals highly unusual details that enrich the cinematic sweep of the story. For example, you’ll learn about the Christian warlord who baptized his troops with a fire hose, the strange kidnapping of Chiang K’ai-shek, and Professor Baum’s own smuggling of top-secret documents out of Taiwan.

A core strength of these lectures is that they make sense of the dramatic events of the story by getting deeply at what underlay them, culturally, socially, and historically - leaving you with a nuanced knowledge of the forces moving China’s modern emergence. Bringing alive the passionate reinvention of China with deep discernment and humanity, they portray the confounding, majestic, heart-rending, and visionary story of a modern giant.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2010 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2010 The Great Courses

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Comprehensive, entertaining, educational

Even though I am a sinologist myself, this very well-read, insightful and, most of all, human series of lectures even managed to illustrate quite a few things to me that I had only been marginally aware of. I recommend this to anyone interested in Chinese history and culture or wanting to understand present-day China - newcomers and experienced sinologists or enthusiasts alike.

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Master piece

As a Chinese person living in Europe, I belong to the generation who benifits a lot form the rising Chinese power. Through this course, I've gain more understanding of my own culture and insights for where we are nowadays and why we are here. This course is neutral and unbiased, different from most of the main stream western media ductus. I highly recommen this course

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Mesmerizing!

Professor Baum manages to present a complex history in an easy to understand manner - he masterfully connects specific occurrences in Chinese history with broader trends on the world stage and demonstrates how they are inextricably linked. Professor Baum accomplishes this with great passion and with the listener in mind - the chapters are divided up in a logical periodic sequence, making it easier for the listener to grasp.

China is already an economic if not political superpower. This course is an important contribution toward understanding how this came to be.

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There be dragons

Some medieval maps used the phrase "Here be dragons" to mark essentially unknown territory. This amazing audiobook lets you explore the recent history of one such place for many Westerners. Out of the roughly a dozen titles from the "Great Courses" series I have consumed so far, this has been one of the best, if not the best of them all. The lecturer, Mr Richard Baum, is a long-time China watcher with decades of experience under his belt. This is felt in the clear structure he maintains both within each individual lecture and throughout the course as a whole. It is also felt in personal anecdotes he interjects on several occasions. He has a clear and pleasant voice and speaks an easily comprehensible American English. The lectures begin with the decline of Imperial China's last dynasty (the Qing) in the late 19th century and extend until roughly the year 2009, with the last major event discussed being the Beijing Summer Olympics of 2008. This allows listeners to compare Mr Baum's closing remarks on the potential future paths of China with what we know of today (e.g. the introduction of a social scoring system and the situation in Hong Kong). Personally, I would love to hear his views on these recent developments. I wish he released an update. The 20th century wasn't a pretty one in many places, and China was no exception. Mr Baum deservers particular praise for telling the whole story while picking the right amount of detail, particularly with regard to the horrors of the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution. These sections may be uncomfortable for adults and are probably not suitable for children. Yet they always remain factual, and it's always clear that these stories are told because the lecturer cares about people. This is an audiobook for adults. If you care about what's going on in the world, then this one is for you.

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Herausragende Vorlesung

Bisher die beste Vorlesung, die ich bei 'The Great Courses' gehört habe... ...und ich habe viele gehört! Ein unglaublich fundierter und ausgewogener Vortrag über die Entwicklung Chinas in den letzten 200 Jahren, insbesondere hinsichtlich der Epoche seit Mao. Prof. Baum ist unglaublich tief in der Materie, strukturiert sinnvoll und beleuchtet viele wichtige politische, wirtschaftliche, gesellschaftliche und militärische Aspekte. Einziger Wermutstropfen ist, dass die Vorlesung inzwischen schon einige Jahre alt ist und die letzten 10 Jahre dementsprechend nicht berücksichtigt sind. Trotzdem herausragend!

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Exzellent

Äußerst kurzweilig und erhellend zugleich. Das Zuhören macht richtig Freude. Baum ist ein profunder Kenner Chinas und würzt die neuere Geschichte teils auch mit persönlichen Erfahrungen.

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Wonderful course

I've learnt so much and had my horizons truly broadened. I'd happily recommend this book to all who are interested in China's modern history

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Great introduction to China

This is a great introduction to China for everyone who wants to learn more about Chinese history. The teacher includes many personal experiences but also a lot of knowledge.