History Lessons For China's New Leaders [world Service]

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01The Documentary2012102320121024 (WS)
20121027 (WS)

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.

(Image: Strings of the Chinese national flag, Credit: Getty Images)

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.

01The Documentary2012102320121027 (WS)
20121024 (WS)

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.

(Image: Strings of the Chinese national flag, Credit: Getty Images)

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.

(Image: Strings of the Chinese national flag, Credit: Getty Images)

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.

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.

(Image: Strings of the Chinese national flag, Credit: Getty Images)

How does Chinese history's tales of power, love and conquest influence China's leaders?

02 LASTThe Documentary2012103020121031 (WS)
20121104 (WS)

What can China's leaders learn from the country's tales of power, honour and violence?

The peasant rebel who topples a dynasty is a familar theme in Chinese history. During the cultural revolution, the Communists decided that the past was getting in the way of the future and Chairman Mao adopted the imperial model of absolutism and the use of force.

Why did people allow such persecution?

Carrie Gracie explores some of the most important stories from Chinese history. What do these tales say about China today?

(Image: The silouette of a man waving a yellow flag with a red star, Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

02 LASTThe Documentary2012103020121031 (WS)
20121104 (WS)

What can China's leaders learn from the country's tales of power, honour and violence?

What can China's leaders learn from the country's tales of power, honour and violence?

The peasant rebel who topples a dynasty is a familar theme in Chinese history. During the cultural revolution, the Communists decided that the past was getting in the way of the future and Chairman Mao adopted the imperial model of absolutism and the use of force.

Why did people allow such persecution?

Carrie Gracie explores some of the most important stories from Chinese history. What do these tales say about China today?

(Image: The silouette of a man waving a yellow flag with a red star, Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

What can China's leaders learn from the country's tales of power, honour and violence?

The peasant rebel who topples a dynasty is a familar theme in Chinese history. During the cultural revolution, the Communists decided that the past was getting in the way of the future and Chairman Mao adopted the imperial model of absolutism and the use of force.

Why did people allow such persecution?

Carrie Gracie explores some of the most important stories from Chinese history. What do these tales say about China today?

(Image: The silouette of a man waving a yellow flag with a red star, Credit: AFP/Getty Images)