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Chris Stewart

Chris Stewart is a Secondary History Teache at Shanghai Livingston American School and creator and host of The History of China Podcast.


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#178 - Yuan 3: Divine Wind
The History of China
The armies of Great Yuan sweep across the east, destroying and conquering all who would stand against them. Goryeo Korea eventually sees the writing on the wall and cuts a deal with the Great Khan. Khubilai will then turn his sights out over the waters of the Pacific, to the Land of the Rising Sun... and send its monarch a friend request.Time Period Covered:ca. 1257-1275 CEMajor Historical Figures:Yuan Dynasty:Khubilai, Great Khan of Mongolia, Emperor of YuanPrincess Hutulun JielimishiZhao Liangbi, Yuan Emissary to JapanGoryeo Korea:Choi Ui, Warlord of Korea [d. 1257]King Wonjong [r. 1260-1274]Im Yon, Warlord [d. ca. 1271]Pan Pu, Yuan Emissary to JapanKamakura Japan:Hojo Tokimune, Regent of the Shogun (Shikken, de facto ruler of Japan)Shoni Sukeyoshi, Magistrate of Chikuzen City For information regarding your data privacy, visit
#177 - Yuan 2: Brother Mine
The History of China
With the untimely death of Möngke Khaghan outside the walls of Chongqing, the Mongol Empire will be fore to choose for a new emperor for the 5th time in just three decades. Unlike the first four conclaves, however, this will result in not one, but two khuriltais, and two who would be Great Khan. Möngke’s brothers, Khubilai and Ariq Böke, will duel it out across Central Asia to determine who will rule all under the Eternal Blue Sky.Time Period Covered:1259-1266 CEMajor Historical Figures:Toluids:Möngke Khaghan [d.1259]Khubilai’s Supporters:Khubilai Khaghan [r. 1260-1289]Chabi Khatun [1225-1281]Hulegu Ilkhan [d. 1265]General Ked Bukha [d. 1260]King Hethum I of Armenia [r. 1226-1270]Ariq Böke Supporters:Ariq Böke Khaghan [r. 1260-1264, d. 1266]Berke Khan (Golden Horde/Jochid) [d. 1266]Alghu Khan (Chagatids) [d. 1265]Jumukhur (Ilkhanate)Urung Tang (Möngke Toluid)General Alandar [d. 1262]General DurchiMamluk Sultanate:Sultan Saif ad-Din Qutuz [r. 1259-1260]Sultan Baibars [r. 1260-1277]Song Dynasty:Chancellor Jia Sidao [d. 1273] For information regarding your data privacy, visit
#176 - Special: Strange Tales 4, "Zibuyu"
The History of China
Confucius talked about a *lot* ... but there were certain things about which even the Master dare not speak. Today we break that ancient taboo with 4 stories of spooky strangeness...2:01 - "A Karmic Meal"5:30 - "The Concubine's Revenge"20:22 - "Too Poor to Be Haunted"24:26 - "A Hell of a Trial"Adapted from:Zibuyu "What the Master Would Not Discuss" by Yuan Mei For information regarding your data privacy, visit
#175 - Mongol 11.1: Ögedei Cometh
The History of China
Genghis Khan is dead, and his 3rd son Ögedei has ben selected to lead the Mongol Empire into an uncertain future. Once he is confirmed on the throne, he'll strike on in every direction against every foe at once. On the way, there will be virgin sacrifices, talking wolves, free money, mass enslavement, Persian princes, Assassins, poison, angry water spirits, battle-mages, cannibalism... and that's just the tip of the iceberg!Note: This is part 1 of the 2-part conclusion to the life of Genghis Khan, with the conclusion available to subscribers via: Time Period Covered:1227-1234 CEMajor Historical Figures:Ogedeids:Ogedei KhaghanSubotai the ValiantGeneral ChormakhanMinister Yelu Chu CaiToluids:Tolui KhanSorkhakhtani Beki KhatunChagatids:Chagatai KhanKhwarazmia:Jalal al-DinKingdom of Georgia:Queen Rusudan For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Proclamation of the Central People's Government of the PRC, October 1, 1949
The History of China
The people throughout China have been plunged into bitter suffering and tribulations since the Chiang Kai-shek Kuomintang reactionary government betrayed the fatherland, colluded with imperialists, and launched the counter-revolutionary war. Fortunately our People's Liberation Army, backed by the whole nation, has been fighting heroically and selflessly to defend the territorial sovereignty of our homeland, to protect the people's lives and property, to relieve the people of their sufferings, and to struggle for their rights, and it eventually wiped out the reactionary troops and overthrew the reactionary rule of the Nationalist government. Now, the People's War of Liberation has been basically won, and the majority of the people in the country have been liberated. On this foundation, the first session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference , composed of delegates of all the democratic parties and people's organization of China, the People's Liberation Army, the various regions and nationalities of the country, and the overseas Chinese and other patriotic elements, has been convened. Representing the will of the whole nation, [this session of the conference] has enacted the organic law of the Central People's Government of the People's Republic of China, elected Mao Zedong as chairman of the Central People's Government; and Zhu De, Liu Shaoqi, Song Qingling, Li Jishen, Zhang Lan, and Gao Gang as vice chairmen [of the Central People's Government]; and Chen Yi, He Long, Li Lisan, Lin Boqu, Ye Jianying, He Xiangning, Lin Biao, Peng Dehuai, Liu Bocheng, Wu Yuzhang, Xu Xiangqian, Peng Zhen, Bo Yibo, Nie Rongzhen, Zhou Enlai, Dong Biwu, Seypidin, Rao Shushi, Tan Kah-kee [Chen Jiageng], Luo Ronghuan, Deng Zihui, Ulanhu, Xu Deli, Cai Chang, Liu Geping, Ma Yinchu, Chen Yun, Kang Sheng, Lin Feng, Ma Xulun, Guo Moruo, Zhang Yunyi, Deng Xiaoping, Gao Chongmin, Shen Junru, Shen Yanbing, Chen Shutong, Szeto Mei-tong [Situ Meitang], Li Xijiu, Huang Yanpei, Cai Tingkai, Xi Zhongxun, Peng Zemin, Zhang Zhizhong, Fu Zuoyi, Li Zhuchen, Li Zhangda, Zhang Nanxian, Liu Yazi, Zhang Dongsun, and Long Yun as council members to form the Central People's Government Council, proclaimed the founding of the People's Republic of China and decided on Beijing as the capital of the People's Republic of China. The Central People's Government Council of the People's Republic of China took office today in the capital and unanimously made the following decisions: to proclaim the establishment of the Central People's Government of the People's Republic of China; to adopt the Common Program of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference as the policy of the government; to elect Lin Boqu from among the council members as secretary general of the Central People's Government Council; to appoint Zhou Enlai as premier of the Government Adminstration Council of the Central People's Government and concurrently minister of Foreign Affairs, Mao Zedong as chairman of the People's Revolutionary Military Commission of the Central People's Government, Zhu De as commander-in-chief of the People's Liberation Army, Shen Junru as president of the Supreme People's Court of the Central People's Government, and Luo Ronghuan as procurator general of the Supreme People's Procuratorate of the Central People's Government, and to charge them with the task of the speedy formation of the various organs of the government to carry out the work of the government. At the same time, the Central People's Government Council decided to declare to the governments of all other countries that this government is the sole legal government representing all the people of the People's Republic of China. This government is willing to establish diplomatic relations with any foreign government that is willing to observe the principles of equality, mutual benefit, and mutual respect of territorial integrity and sovereignty.Mao ZedongChairman For information regarding your data privacy, visit
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