People's History of Ideas Podcast

People's History of Ideas Podcast
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 May 30 Movement: The Chinese People’s Uprising Against the British and Japanese in 1925
Jul 2 • 28 min
Workers, students and merchants in Shanghai take on the British authorities of the International Settlement and Japanese mill owners after protesters are massacred.Further Reading:Steve Smith, A Road Is Made: Communism in Shanghai, 1920-1927Some names…
Lenin’s Ideas on Revolutionary Situations and the Situation in the United States Today
Jun 25 • 24 min
In response to a listener request, we consider the situation in the United States today in light of historical thinking on the question of revolutionary situations.Further reading:Lenin, The Collapse of the Second International (chapter two)Lenin,…
Back to the Labor Front!: The Japanese Mills Strike of 1925
Jun 18 • 20 min
The Communist Party tries to figure out how to put the workers in the lead of the nationalist revolution, and has some initial success.Further Reading:Steve Smith, A Road Is Made: Communism in Shanghai, 1920-1927Some names from this episode:Deng…
The Proletarian Nation vs. The Theory of the Productive Forces
Jun 11 • 27 min
The thinking of Chinese Communism’s two founders, Li Dazhao and Chen Duxiu, diverges as revolutionary experience is gained.Further Reading:Maurice Meisner, Li Ta-Chao and the Origins of Chinese MarxismSome names from this episode:Li Dazhao, Co-founder…
Friends Close, Enemies Closer: The United Front in Action
Jun 4 • 23 min
As both the Guomindang and the Communist Party benefit from their collaboration, tensions build.Further reading:Tony Saich, The Origins of the First United Front in ChinaSteve Smith, A Road Is Made: Communism in Shanghai, 1920-1927Alexander Pantsov, The…
The Road Is Tortuous: The Chinese Revolution and the End of the Global Sixties
May 28 • 42 min
A podcast version of a recently published article which argues that the rightward turn of Chinese politics in the 1970s was a key contributing factor in ending the revolutionary era of the long and global 1960s and ushering in the neoliberal age of…
The Loneliest United Front: The Chinese Communist Party in 1923
May 21 • 22 min
The Communist Party of China tries to find a way to implement the united front with the Guomindang in 1923, but ultimately has to wait for the Soviet-Guomindang alliance to mature.Further reading:Tony Saich, The Origins of the First United Front in…
Communist Unionizing and the Genesis of the United Front with the Guomindang
May 14 • 25 min
The Communist Party begins its labor organizing drive, and the Comintern pushes for a united front with the Guomindang.Further reading:Elizabeth Perry, Shanghai on StrikeTony Saich, The Origins of the First United Front in ChinaSteve Smith, A Road Is…
Workers’ Revolution or Nationalist United Front? Early Strategic Decisions of the Chinese Communist Party
May 7 • 24 min
The early divergence in strategic thinking and revolutionary priorities between the CCP and the Comintern. Further reading:Tony Saich, The Origins of the First United Front in ChinaSome names from this episode:Chen Gongbo, Founding Chinese Communist who…
Demarcation and Organization: The Chinese Communist Party is Founded
Apr 30 • 22 min
Polemics with non-revolutionary Marxists and anarchists, and then the party congress in July 1921.Further reading:Arif Dirlik, The Origins of Chinese CommunismSome names from this episode:Chen Duxiu, editor of New Youth and leader of Shanghai Communist…
From Russia with Organizational Expertise: The Comintern Comes to China
Apr 23 • 24 min
Gregory Voitinsky comes to China and helps get the ball rolling to found the Communist Party. Also, a few words on commodity fetishism as the keystone of Marx’s Capital and how this leads to Lenin’s innovations in conceptualizing communist party…
The Communist International
Mar 25 • 25 min
Explaining how the strategic thinking of the Communist International developed, as background to the key role the ComIntern played in facilitating the founding of the Chinese Communist Party.
Mao’s Anarchist Years (The Young Mao Zedong Part Two)
Feb 20 • 25 min
In this episode we continue our examination of Mao Zedong’s ideological development by discussing his anarchist period. Further reading:Stuart Schram, ed., Mao’s Road to Power, vol. 1: The Pre-Marxist Period, 1912-1920 is the indispensable source…
Liberals Becoming Marxists: The New Culture and May 4th Movements (1915-1919)
Jan 29 • 26 min
In this episode we explore the move from liberalism toward Marxism among progressive intellectuals in the 1915-1919 period, and how those ideas began to be brought to the working class in China’s cities.
The Young Mao Zedong
Dec 21, 2019 • 22 min
In this episode we look at Mao Zedong’s childhood, family background, and see what he was thinking in 1912.
The 1911 Revolution
Dec 14, 2019 • 23 min
The overthrow of the Qing Dynasty, followed by the first years of the Republic of China.
Revolutionary Voices from the End of the Qing Dynasty
Nov 20, 2019 • 24 min
In this episode, we explore some of the major voices of revolution from the decade preceding the end of the Qing Dynasty in 1912: Zou Rong, Qiu Jin and Sun Yat-sen [Sun Zhongshan].
The Boxer Uprising of 1900
Nov 5, 2019 • 26 min
In the face of foreign aggression and natural disaster, masses of Chinese people turn to traditional folk religion and martial arts to attempt to throw out the imperialists.
Kang Youwei and the Hundred Days Reform
Oct 12, 2019 • 26 min
In the wake of the Sino-Japanese War, Kang Youwei works with the Guangxu Emperor to try to replicate Japan’s Meiji reforms, before being crushed by Cixi and other Manchu conservatives.
Losing the Tributaries: The Sino-French and Sino-Japanese Wars in Vietnam and Korea
Sep 29, 2019 • 27 min
In this episode we do some Q&A and then cover the Sino-French and Sino-Japanese Wars.
Book Review of The Shining Path: Love, Madness, and Revolution in the Andes
Aug 18, 2019 • 21 min
A review of the new book about the civil war in Peru, The Shining Path: Love, Madness, and Revolution in the Andes, by Orin Starn and Miguel La Serna.
The Self-Strengthening Movement: Too Little Too Late?
Aug 11, 2019 • 25 min
This episode focuses on the 1862-1895 period, when the Empress Dowager Cixi ruled and reformers tried to make China strong enough to stand up to foreign powers by modernizing the military and promoting ‘new learning.’
The Second Opium War and the End of the Taiping Civil War
Jul 2, 2019 • 31 min
The episode wraps up the events of the Taiping Revolution (1850-1864) and also deals with the events and outcome of the Second Opium War (1856-1860).
The Taiping Revolution
Jun 14, 2019 • 27 min
The strange story of Christian peasant revolutionaries in 19th century China.
The Opium War and the Beginning of China’s Century of Humiliation
May 31, 2019 • 34 min
The background to and events of the First Opium War (1839-1842).
Introducing the People’s History of Ideas Podcast
May 29, 2019 • 12 min
Letting you know what the deal is with this podcast.