Series of essays exploring Chinese history through the life stories of key personalities.
Fri 4 May 2018
The paramount leader who enabled China's economic miracle.
Thu 3 May 2018
The fastest pair of fists in East Asia and the first global Chinese film star.
Wed 2 May 2018
The Communist leader who changed his country forever.
Tue 1 May 2018
The hard-working, hard-living factory girls behind China's industrial revolution.
Mon 30 Apr 2018
The empress dowager who tried - and failed - to reform.
Fri 27 Apr 2018
The rebel leader of the Taiping and his nemesis.
Thu 26 Apr 2018
The man who saw himself as a patriot, but is remembered as one of China's worst traitors.
Wed 25 Apr 2018
A writer still read by every Chinese pupil and considered China's greatest modern author.
Tue 24 Apr 2018
The influential Ulsterman who became a servant of the Chinese emperors.
Mon 23 Apr 2018
The Muslim sailor whose epic maritime voyages created new routes for trade and influence.
Fri 20 Apr 2018
River Elegy was a pioneering TV documentary series, one of the most watched in history.
Thu 19 Apr 2018
The woman remembered today as one of the great poets of Chinese history.
Wed 18 Apr 2018
The smiling philosopher who is perhaps the most famous Chinese person in history.
Tue 17 Apr 2018
The Mongol head of a dynasty that both occupied China and connected it to a wider world.
Mon 16 Apr 2018
The historian who spoke the truth to the emperor and suffered for it.
Fri 13 Apr 2018
Rana Mitter on the life of one of China's most important feminist authors.
Thu 12 Apr 2018
The Jesuit who brought together Renaissance Europe and Ming China through geometry.
Wed 11 Apr 2018
The translator and Buddhist monk whose words are chanted daily by millions of Chinese.
Tue 10 Apr 2018
The power couple who reunited China and nearly lost it to Japan.
Mon 9 Apr 2018
Rana Mitter tells the story of China's first and only female emperor.
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