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#171 - Mongol 10.1: The Succession
Genghis Khan is old, wracked by pain in his body and heart, and in spite of his best efforts, has come to accept there is one foe he cannot defeat: mortality itself. Thus, even before setting out on his campaign against the Khwarazmian Empire, he will assemble his four sons and together reach a fateful decision - who among them will rule when Genghis is gone?Note: This is part 1 of the 2-part conclusion to the life of Genghis Khan, with the conclusion available to subscribers!Time Period Covered:1220-1227 CEMajor Historical Figures:Genghis Khan [Temüjin] (1162-1227)Börte Khatun (c.1161-c.1130)Jochi (1181-1226)Chagatai Khan (1183-1242)Ögedei Khan (c.1186-1241)Tolui (c.1191-1232) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Test Episode: Please Disregard
Nothing new here, sorry.I am trying to push through a status change to iTunes to get me re-listed in the History category.New episodes shortly...Audio is a re-broadcast of "The Mathematician of Heaven" about Zu Chongzhi (orig. published Aug. 2015) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Test Episode: Please Disregard Mk. 2
Nothing new here, sorry.I am trying to push through a status change to iTunes to get me re-listed in the History category.New episodes shortly...Audio is a re-broadcast of "The Mathematician of Heaven" about Zu Chongzhi (orig. published Aug. 2015) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
#170 - S. Song 13: Stay of Execution
The Mongol Khanate is on the warpath against all who would stand against it... until several unexpected system errors for the whole system to reboot. How will Song China deal with these unexpected years of preparatory time?Time Period Covered:1241-1260 CEMajor Historical Figures:Song Dynasty:Emperor LizongChancellor Jia SidaoMongol Empire:Ögedei KhanToregene KhatunGuyuk KhanOghul Khaimish KhatunSorkhokhtani BekiMöngke KhanKhubilai IlkhanGeneral Uriyangkhadai For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
#169 - S. Song 12: Instant Regret
Just off of the heady victory over the Jin Dynasty with their new BFFs, the Mongols, a first-in-a-century visit to the Imperial Tombs gives the Song court a brilliant idea - what if we just took them back without asking? What's the worst that could happen?Time Period Covered: 1234-1241 CEMajor Historical Figures:Song Dynasty:Emperor LizongChancellor Zheng QingzhiChancellor Shi Miyuan [d. 1233]General Zhao KuiGeneral Quan ZicaiMongol Khanate:Ögedei KhaghanTöregene KhatunPrince KhödanPrince KhöchuAmbassador Wang Qi For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Bonus 4.1 - Mongol 8.1: Subotai & Jebe's Excellent Adventure
In the course of their pursuit of the fleeing Khwarazmian Amir, Genghis Khan's two top commanders have reached the shores of the Caspian Sea, and heard some of the strangest tales about what - and who - lay beyond. When the Great Khan gives his go-ahead to scout it out, they'll launch a three-year trek that will remake the world in their bloody image.Time Period Covered:1220-1221 CE For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
#168 - S. Song 11: Twilight of the Golds
The Jin Dynasty is surrounded on all sides. It cannot get out. Soon enough, the Mongol stranglehold around Kaifeng will signal the Empire of Black & Gold's death-knell.Time Period Covered:1224-1234 CE For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
#167 - S. Song 10: ...Is My Enemy's Enemy, No More, No Less
With enemies on all sides, and the Mongol sledgehammer poised to strike its crushing blow against them, the Jin Dynasty seeks an out by plunging southward, only to find that the Song defenses have become the anvil on which they rest. Exhausted, they’ll seek peace at any cost… but will it be enough to save the tatters of their empire? Time Period Covered: 1217-1225 CE Major Historical Figures: Song:Emperor Ningzong (Zhao Kuo) [r. 1194-1224] Emperor Lizong (Zhao Yun) [r. 1224-1264] Empress Yang [1162-1232]Chancellor Shi Miyuan [1164-1233] Crown Prince Zhao Xun [1194-1220] Prince Zhao Hong [1207-1225] General Zhao Fang An Bing, Commandant of Sichuan Jin: Emperor Xuanzong (Wudubu/Wanyan Xun) [r. 1213-1224] Emperor Aizong (Ningjiasu/ Wanyan Shouxu) [r.1224-1234] Mongol: Genghis Khan (Temüjin) [r. 1206-1227]General Mukhali [1170-1223] For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
6/4: UK Cable on Tiananmen Square Massacre
Even after 30 years...When you're ordered to forget, to remember becomes an act of defiance. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
#166 - S. Song 9: The Enemy of My Enemy...
The Jin Empire is all at once ripped apart from 4 different directions all at once: Shandong rebels from the east, Khitan from the northeast, Mongols from the northwest, and Tanguts from the West. So they decide to go the only direction left… and invade Southern Song.Time Period Covered:1208-1217 CERelevant Historical Figures:Song:Emperor NingzongChancellor Shi MiyuanMinister Zhen DexiuJin:Prince WeiEmperor XuanzongCommander Hesheli ZhizhongCouncilor Zhuhele GuoleqiMongol:Genghis KhanRed Jacket Rebels:Yang the SaddlerKhitan:Yelu Liuge, puppet-Emperor of LiaoDazhen Kingdom:Heavenly King Puxian Wannu For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Announcement: Intelligent Speech Agora PodCon 2019!
This June 28-29th, the Agora Network will be hosting it's first annual convention: Intelligent Speech 2019! It's in NYC, and will feature not just Agora 'casters, but a special guest appearance by none other than Mike Duncan (Yes, *that* Mike Duncan)! Get your tickets now and come enjoy! You can get a 5% discount by using the code "historyfan" at checkout! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
#165 - S. Song 8: The Kaixi War
Chancellor Han Tuozhou is down-but-not-yet-out following his ill-fated attempting to bring down the Neo-Confucians. Thus, in an attempt to salvage his career and reputation, he'll launch the Song Empire into full-scale war against the Jin Dynasty... with unexpected results.Time Period Covered:ca. 1200-1207 CEMajor Historical Figures:Emperor Ningzong of SongEmpress YangChancellor Han TuozhouMinister Shi MiyuanGeneral Wu XiCommissioner Cheng Song For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
#164 - S. Song 7: Out With the New, In With the Old
Neo-Confucianism has made a strong comeback through the synthesis of its various doctrines under the philosophical guidance of Zhu Xi of the Southern Song court. He and his likeminded ministers seek to bring back the perfection of eras gone by by being perfectly morally upright, and expecting everyone else to do the same. But when it turns out that certain other loose-living party-boys like Chancellor Han Tuozhou and Emperor Ningzong aren’t so thrilled about their buzzkilling ways, it will set up a massive conflict at court.Time Period Covered:1194-1202 CEMajor Historical Figures:Emperor NingzongChancellor Han TuohzouMinister Zhu Xi For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
#163 - S. Song 6: Filial Impiety
Back in Song China, we have a tale of two emperors: one who is devoted utterly to his father, and the other who's...well... not.Time Period Covered:1165-1194 CEMajor Historical Figures:Retired Emperor Gaozong [r. 1127-1162, as retired emperor 1162-1187]Emperor Xiaozong [r. 1162-1189, as retired emperor 1189-1194]Emperor Guangzong [r. 1189-1194]Empress Dowager Wu [1115-1197]Empress Li [1144-1200] For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Announcement: Bonus Mongol Content!
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#162 - Mongol 4: The Great Khan
Temujin Khan crushes his enemies, sees them driven before him, and hears the lamentations of their women!!!Time Period Covered:ca. 1202-1206 CEMajor Historical Figures:Borjigin/Mongol:Temujin (Genghis Khan)Khasar, Temujin's BrotherBörte - Temujin's 1st WifeYesugen - Temujin's 2nd WifeYesui - Temujin's 3rd WifeJochi, Temujin's first son(?)Jirkho’adai (Jebe the Arrow)KhubilaiJelmeSubedeiJadaran:Jamukha (Gurkhan) - Temujin's anda/nemesisKereyid:To'oril (Ong Khan)Senggum, Ong's sonCha'ur Beki, Ong's daughterNaiman:Tayang KhanQueen Gürbesu, Tayang's Wife/StepmotherWorks Cited:Allsen, Thomas (1994). “The Rise of the Mongolian Empire and Mongolian Rule in North China” in The Cambridge History of China, Vol. 6: Alien Regimes and Border States.Kahn, Paul (tr.) (2005). The Secret History of the Mongols: The Origin of Chingis Khan.Onon, Urgunge (2001). The Secret History of the Mongols: The Life and Times of Chingghis Khan. Ostrowski, Donald (2002). Muscovy and the Mongols: Cross-Cultural Influences on the Steppe Frontier, 1304-1589.Pelliot, Paul (1959). Notes on Marco Polo, Vol. 1.Weatherford, Jack (2005). Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World. Weatherford, Jack (2017). Genghis Khan and the Quest for God. Weatherford, Jack (2011). The Secret History of the Mongol Queens. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
#161 -  Mongol 3: The Anda, The Arrow, & The Airag
Temujin will enlist the aid of his recently-sworn father, To'oril AKA Ong Khan of the Kereyid to rescue his stolen wife, Börte. But his successful rescue of his beloved will only mark the beginning of his remarkable journey from isolated herder, to powerful khan of the steppes. Unfortunately, one of the sacrifices he'll be forced to make along the path to power will be that most-sacred: his sworn brotherhood with Jamukha, who will transform from Anda to Nemesis for Temujin.Time Period Covered:ca. 1178-1201 CEMajor Historical Figures:Borjigin:Temujin, Khan of the BorjiginBörte, wife of TemujinHo'elun, mother of TemujinKhasar, Brother of TemujinBelgutei, Half-Brother of TemujinJelme, Companion of TemujinBo'orchu, Companion of TemujinJochi, Temujin's first-born son(?)Kereyid:To'oril, Khan of the Kereyid (Ong Khan)Jadaran:Jamukha (Gurkhan) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
#160 - Mongol 2: The Black Sable
In spite of difficulties, Ho'elun and her family endeavor to persevere. Temüjin discovers the power of friendship, and the clarity of purpose that comes with true love <3. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
#159 - Mongol 1: The Blood Clot
High in the wildlands of the Khentii Mountains, a tribe of hunters and scavengers comes into possession of a young and captured bride. Ripped out of her old life, she and the family her new husband create at the edge of the world will have to find a way to survive.Time Period Covered:ca. 1158~1170 CE For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
#158 - S. Song 5: A Changing of the Guard
Both Song and Jin have a new set of emperors at the helm... it will mean war... and peace... but the riptides of history will ensure that, whatever the outcome of this conflict, very little will remain the same for much longer.Time Period Covered: ~1140-1162 CE For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
#157 - S. Song 4: Peace at What Cost?
Emperor Gaozong really, *really* wants his dad's coffin.Qin Hui really, *really* wants to give the Jurchen whatever they ask for.The Jurchen really, *really* want the Mongol khan to stop tweaking their emperor's beard.Time Period Covered: 1135-1160 CEMajor Works Cited:Allsen, Thomas. “Chapter 4: The rise of the Mongolian empire and Mongolian rule in north China” in Vol. 6, Alien Regimes and Border States.Franke, Herbert. “Chapter 3: The Chin Dynasty” in Vol. 6, Alien Regimes and Border States.Tao, Jing-Shen. “The Move to the South and the Reign of Kao-Tsung” in Vol. 5, the Sung Dynasty and Its Precursors. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
#156 - S. Song 3: Yue Fei, Pt. 2 - The Long-Legged Treachery
General Yue Fei will reach career highs as he strikes back against Jurchen aggression with remarkable success. He'll drive his enemies so fast and hard, that he'll drive the Jin Dynasty close to its breaking point. But on the precipice of victory, ministerial machinations back in Hangzhou will spell the undoing of him and his life's work... For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
#155 - S. Song: Yue Fei, Pt. 1-The Flying Fury
In this first of a two-part look into the life and legend of this epic Chinese hero, we chronicle Yue Fei's early life and education, his induction into the military to serve his nation with utmost loyalty, his meteoric rise through the ranks, and his stalwart resolve in facing the greatest crisis his country his known in centuries, all while garnering a cult-like following of soldiers, and the panicked attention of the imperial court.Time Period Covered:1103-1137 CEMajor Works Cited:Foster, Robert W. The Human Condition in Premodern China.Jenne, Jeremiah. “The Execution of Yue Fei: 875 Years of Patriotic Myth” from radiichina.comLi, Xiaobi. China at War.Lorge, Peter. War, Politics and Society in Early Modern China, 900-1795.Mote, Fredrick W. “Ch. 13: The Southern Song and Chinese Survival” inImperial China 900-1800.Tao, Jing-shen. “The Move to the South and the Reign of Kao-tsung” in The Cambridge History of China, Vol. 05: The Sung Dynasty and Its Precursors, 907-1279.Wills, Jr., John E. E. Mountain of Fame: Portraits in Chinese History.Zhou, Zuoren, trans. Tim Cronen. “A View of the Hero Yue Fei and the Traitor Qin Hui” in The China Heritage Quarterly No. 28, December 2011. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
#154 - S. Song 1: Song of the South
The JURCHEN JIN reigns. Having decimated the Song Dynasty, Emperor Jin Taizong now deploys his merciless legions to seize military control of the Yellow River Valley.Only Prince Zhao Gou and his band of LOYALIST ministers stand against the rising tyranny, certain that the last scion of Zhao can yet restore a spark of hope to the fight.But the Loyalists have been exposed. As the Jin cavalry speeds toward Yintian Fu, the brave heroes mount a desperate escape....Historical Period Covered:1127-1130 CEMajor Historical Figures:Song Dynasty:Prince Zhao Gou, Prince of Kang (Emperor Gaozong of Song) [r. 1129-1162]Chancellor Li Gang [1083-1140]Yue Fei, LEGENDARY CHINESE HERO [1103-1142]General Zong Ze, He Tried [d. 1129]General Du Cheng, Brave Sir Du Cheng Ran Away... Bravely Ran Away, Away!General Han Shizheng, He Means BusinessJin Dynasty:Emperor Taizong of Jin (Wuqimai) [r. 1123-1135]Prince Wanyan Wuzhu, Commander of Jin Strikeforce [d. 1148]Zhang Bangchang, Puppet Emperor of Great Chu [r. 1129-1129] For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
#153 - N. Song 18: Requiem for Jingkang
The Song Dynasty manages to epically pull defeat from the jaws of victory when it manages to twice goad its nominal ally, the Jurchen Jin, into a border war. The first time, it’s beaten so badly that it has to give up almost half of its northern holdings. But when even that’s not enough to quench Emperor Qinzong’s delusions of grandeur, he and his regime will pay with everything they have…Time Period Covered: 1125-1127 CEMajor Historical Figures:Northern Song:Emperor Huizong of Song (Zhao Ji) [r. 1100-1126, ret. Emperor 1126-1127]Emperor Qinzong of Song (Zhao Huan) [r. 1126-1127]General Tong Guan [1054–1126]General Wang Bing [d. 1126]Jurchen Jin:Emperor Taizong of Jin (Wuqimai) [r. 1123-1135] Prince Wanyan Zonghan (Nianhan) [1080-1136]Prince Wanyan Zongwang (Wolibu) [c. 1073-1133?]Zhang Bangchang, Puppet Emperor of Chu [1081–1127]Major Works Cited:Levine, Ari Daniel. “The Reigns of Hui-Tsung and Ch-in-Tsung” in The Cambridge History of China, Vol.05: The Sung Dynasty and Its Precursors, 907–1279. Part 1.Lorge, Peter Allen. War, Politics, and Society in Early Modern China, 900-1795Tao, Jing-shen. “The Move to the South and the Reign of Kao-Tsung (1127–1162)” in The Cambridge History of China, Vol.05: The Sung Dynasty and Its Precursors, 907–1279. Part 1.Various. the Accounts of Jingkang For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
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