David Sanger on New Cold Wars

C-SPAN Bookshelf | 4 May 2024 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with David Sanger about his book New Cold Wars: China’s Rise, Russia’s Invasion, and America’s Struggle to Defend the West. Discusses China’s rise, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and America’s role in the world in the 21st century.

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Confucius and His Age

Tides of History | 25 January 2024 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Patrick Wyman discusses the life and times of Confucius, one of the most famous and influential thinkers in all of human history. Covers who he was, what he believed, what he taught, and how his time and place – the closing years of the Spring and Autumn period – made him what he was.

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The West’s Enduring Fascination with Asia

History Extra | 29 January 2024 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Christopher Harding about his book The Light of Asia: A History of Western Fascination with the East. Discusses Westerners’ enduring fascination with India, China and Japan, and the ways it has shaped the relationship between East and West from the ancient world to the 21st century.

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Timothy Brook on The Price of Collapse

New Books in Economic and Business History | 4 January 2024 | 0h 37m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Timothy Brook about his book The Price of Collapse: The Little Ice Age and the Fall of Ming China. Argues that environmental disaster sparked the fall of the Ming Dynasty. Discusses inflation in Ming China, how it connects to climate change, and how short-term environmental shocks can cause a market to break down.

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Jung Chang – Living through Cultural Revolution and the Crimes of Mao

Dwarkesh Podcast | 29 November 2023 | 1h 31m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Jung Chang about her books Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China and Mao: The Unknown Story. Discusses what it was like growing up during the Cultural Revolution as the daughter of a denounced official; why the CCP continues to worship the biggest mass murderer in human history; how exactly communist totalitarianism was able to subjugate a billion people; why Chinese leaders like Xi and Deng who suffered from the Cultural Revolution don’t condemn Mao; and how Mao starved and killed 40 million people during The Great Leap Forward in order to exchange food for Soviet weapons.

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Peak China with Noah Smith and Matt Klein

ChinaTalk | 22 September 2023 | 1h 12m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Noah Smith and Matt Klein discussing what’s really happening with China’s economy and why it matters strategically; how China’s potential peak parallels Japan’s; why the world should and shouldn’t be scared of China’s progress in semis and EVs; and what another Trump Administration could do for US-China relations.

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Sarah Mellors Rodriguez on Reproductive Realities in Modern China

New Books in Chinese Studies | 24 May 2023 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Sarah Mellors Rodriguez about her book Reproductive Realities in Modern China: Birth Control and Abortion, 1911-2021. Explores the diverse attitudes, policies, and practices of birth control and abortion in China before, during, and after the One Child Policy.

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The Rise and Fall of the East, Yasheng Huang

Rocking Our Priors | 29 August 2023 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Yasheng Huang about his book The Rise and Fall of the East: Examination, Autocracy, Stability, and Technology. Discusses why the Chinese Communist Party is so resilient, how the keju imperial examinations shaped Chinese autocracy and culture, and what South Korea tells us about growth, democratisation and culture.

The Conversations with Tyler interview is also worth listening to.

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