DiscoverPeople's History of Ideas PodcastFrom Poor Peasant to Gym Teacher: The Early Life of Zhu De
From Poor Peasant to Gym Teacher: The Early Life of Zhu De

From Poor Peasant to Gym Teacher: The Early Life of Zhu De

Update: 2021-09-16
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Taking a look back at the early life of Zhu De, the man who would later be Mao’s main partner in revolution.

Further reading:
Agnes Smedley, The Great Road: The Life and Times of Chu Teh [Zhu De]

Some names from this episode:
Zhang Tailei, leader of the Guangzhou Uprising of December 1927
Wang Zuo, Bandit leader who joined with Mao Zedong
Shi Dakai, Taiping general who fought a campaign in Sichuan
Emperor Guangxu, Emperor of China who tried to assert his power during Hundred Days Reform only to be thwarted by the Empress Dowager Cixi
Xi Bingan, Zhu De’s teacher
Empress Dowager Cixi, power behind the throne from 1861 to 1908

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From Poor Peasant to Gym Teacher: The Early Life of Zhu De

From Poor Peasant to Gym Teacher: The Early Life of Zhu De

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