The series History Lessons for China's New Leaders recalls some of the most important stories from Chinese history. In part 1 on the eve of the 18th Communist Party Congress, Carrie Gracie looks at lessons from history for China’s new leaders.
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How does Chinese history's tales of power, love and conquest influence China's leaders?
In times of crisis, China's leaders - and their critics - turn to its long history for guidance. For them, history is a morality tale. Above all, they are stories of power - how to use it, and how to lose it.
They're stories of conquest and love, manipulation and castration; of poets and emperors, concubines and drunks. The series History Lessons for China's New Leaders recalls some of the most important stories from Chinese history, and what these tales say about China.