By BBC Radio 4
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Series of essays exploring Chinese history through the life stories of key personalities.
||CleanDeng Xiaoping: Black Cat, Yellow Cat||The paramount leader who enabled China's economic miracle.||5/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBruce Lee: Screen Warrior||The fastest pair of fists in East Asia and the first global Chinese film star.||5/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMao Zedong: The Man Who Made Modern China||The Communist leader who changed his country forever.||5/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFactory Girls: Modern Girls, Modern Dreams||The hard-working, hard-living factory girls behind China's industrial revolution.||5/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCixi: Ambivalent Empress||The empress dowager who tried - and failed - to reform.||4/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHong Xiuquan v Zeng Guofan: The Duellists||The rebel leader of the Taiping and his nemesis.||4/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWang Jingwei: Revolutionary Renegade||The man who saw himself as a patriot, but is remembered as one of China's worst traitors.||4/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLu Xun: Compassionate Cynic||A writer still read by every Chinese pupil and considered China's greatest modern author.||4/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRobert Hart: Chinese Customs||The influential Ulsterman who became a servant of the Chinese emperors.||4/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanZheng He: The Admiral Goes to Africa||The Muslim sailor whose epic maritime voyages created new routes for trade and influence.||4/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRiver Elegy: River and Ocean||River Elegy was a pioneering TV documentary series, one of the most watched in history.||4/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLi Qingzhao: Patriotic Poet||The woman remembered today as one of the great poets of Chinese history.||4/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConfucius: Becoming the Sage||The smiling philosopher who is perhaps the most famous Chinese person in history.||4/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKublai Khan: Cosmopolitan Conqueror||The Mongol head of a dynasty that both occupied China and connected it to a wider world.||4/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSima Qian: Grand Historian||The historian who spoke the truth to the emperor and suffered for it.||4/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDing Ling: Sophie, Sensation and Sex||Rana Mitter on the life of one of China's most important feminist authors.||4/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMatteo Ricci: Jesuit and Geometrist||The Jesuit who brought together Renaissance Europe and Ming China through geometry.||4/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKumarajiva: Translator Monk||The translator and Buddhist monk whose words are chanted daily by millions of Chinese.||4/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChiang Kai-Shek and Soong Meiling: Asian Power Couple||The power couple who reunited China and nearly lost it to Japan.||4/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWu Zetian: The Female Emperor||Rana Mitter tells the story of China's first and only female emperor.||4/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Wonderful, looking forward to series 2, 3, 4, 5,....
I am totally hooked, cannot get enough of it. Prof. Rana Mitter is a wonderful story teller. It's fascinnating to also hear the lives of some foreigners who played important roles in Chinese history, such as Matteo Ricci, Robert Hart, etc. Looking forward to more series.