China's Long March

Philip Short, author of a major new biography `Mao - a Life', travels across China, reporting on the Long March of 1934-5 as history and as metaphor.

Episodes

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01Marching For Revolution19990830

He starts his journey in the cradle of the revolution - Jianxi Province.

Here, he explores the legacy of Communism and the challenges - a building boom, rural migration and the use of tax revenue - facing what is now an average province in middle CHINA.

02Marching For The People19990906

He reaches Hunan Province and explores how Mao Tse-tung's childhood and education helped fashion the ideas which would shape CHINA for most of this century - ideas that include the use of force, the role of law and the status of women.

03Marching For China19990913

Arriving at the south west provinces of Guizhou and Yunnan, he looks at the impact of foreigners on CHINA and explores the new relationships being forged between foreign businessmen and Chinese entrepreneurs.

04Marching For Land19990920

In Sichuan province, he explores the impact of land reform on CHINA's rural millions, reforms which have spurred the birth of a green movement in CHINA.

05Marching Against Poverty19990927

Since the 30s, the Communist Party has worked to improve conditions in the remote and impoverished Shensi province.

Today the battle continues.

06 LASTMarching For The Future19991004

Standing in the birthplace of the Yellow Emperor, Huang-Di - the founder of the Chinese nation - he analyses the future of the Chinese people and meets cosmopolitan academics and thinkers who are charting the way for CHINA in the 21st century.