One hundred years ago this week, local outrage over plans to nationalize provincial railways triggered the Wuchang Uprising, an act of sedition which marked the start of the Xinhai Rebellion and the beginning of the end for China's long-governing Qing court. Setting in motion forces that would establish a short-lived Republic and throw the country into its warlord period, the movement also created an icon of revolutionary authority in the figure of Sun Yatsen, a man whose political legacy remains hotly contested even a century later.

This week on Sinica, Kaiser Kuo hosts China history experts David Moser and Jeremiah Jenne for an in-depth discussion of the legacy of the Xinhai Revolution and Sun Yatsen. If you've listened to Sinica before, you'll remember David Moser as one of Beijing's most versatile academics and Director of the CET immersion program in Beijing. Jeremiah Jenne is another excellent Sinologist: Dean of Chinese Studies at the IES program in Beijing as well as author of the popular China history blog Jottings from the Granite Studio.

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October 31, 2011
Hey also I have another question, after having listened to this I was wondering for a while about the period of 'warlordism' (can one even say that?) in there anywhere I can do more reading about that period? and recommended resources, etc?!
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November 1, 2011

There are several good works on the period, but I would definitely start with Edward McCord's The Power of the Gun: The Emergence of Modern Chinese Warlordism (UC Press, 1993)
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December 8, 2011
I was wondering if it would be possible that individual recommendations at the end of the podcasts be written out here somewhere on the page, and even, when possible, links to where they can be obtained inserted.
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February 27, 2012
Wow Sinica this is fantastic. The usual current events podcasts are great, but please consider more historical stuff too. The Mrs. and I sat enthralled listening to this...
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February 17, 2013
Jeremiah Jenne, that failed, attempted dig at Obama was *really* useful and historically accurate. Way to betray yourself....
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February 18, 2013

I'm actually a huge Obama fan but you're right, the joke didn't translate to the podcast medium. Here's the original post...and yes, I'm joking.

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