History Study Companion: The Chinese Revolution

Temple of Heaven, Beijing.


Welcome to Our Voice: Politics Albury-Wodonga’s audio study companion series on the Chinese Revolution, a compliment to Units 3 & 4 of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) year 12 History curriculum.

The series spans the period from 1836 to the present day, introducing the important events, key players, influential ideas and central themes surrounding the Chinese revolution, along with analysis of the historical background that led to the revolution as well as its legacy today.


I. The Opium Wars & Qing Dynasty Decline (1836-1894).mp3  [9:25 min / 4.31 MB]

II. Fall of the Qing Dynasty (1894-1912).mp3  [11:23 min / 5.21 MB]

III. The Chinese Republic & the Warlord Period (1912-1928).mp3  [11:15 min / 5.15 MB]

IV. Chiang Kai-Shek & Nationalist China (1928-1949).mp3  [11:46 min / 5.39 MB]

V. Mao Zedong & Communist China (1949-Present Day).mp3  [13:12 min / 6.04 MB]

VI. Appendix: Ideologies of the Chinese Revolution.mp3  [9:40 min / 4.42 MB]

This material was compiled by Dr Ben Habib from La Trobe University, Albury-Wodonga campus, in collaboration with Simon Webb at Wodonga Senior Secondary College, as introductory study aids to complement the VCE History curriculum.  These audio clips are the soundtracks of a series of videos shown to Year 12 History students at Wodonga Senior Secondary College.  The podcasts will also be useful for first year undergraduate students at La Trobe University studying Introduction to Asia: China and India.

For further information, assistance or discussion, please contact Dr Ben Habib at La Trobe University, Albury-Wodonga campus (Email: b.habib@latrobe.edu.au).

Additional Resources:

China History Podcasthttp://www.chinahistorypodcast.com/

History of China.comhttp://www.history-of-china.com/

Condensed Chinahttp://condensedchina.com/

Modern History of China: https://www.modernhistoryofchina.com/Home_Page.html

Empress Dowager Cixi's 'marble boat', Summer Palance, Beijing.


Dr. Benjamin Habib is a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at La Trobe University, Albury-Wodonga. Ben’s research project projects include North Korea’s motivations for nuclear proliferation, East Asian security, international politics of climate change, and undergraduate teaching pedagogy. He also teaches in Australian politics and the international relations of the Middle East.  Ben undertook his PhD candidature at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia, and has worked previously for the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.  He has spent time teaching English in Dandong, China, and has also studied at Keimyung University in Daegu, South Korea.  Ben is involved with local community groups Wodonga and Albury Toward Climate Health (WATCH) and Transition Albury-Wodonga.

Ben welcomes constructive feedback.  Please comment below, or contact Ben at b.habib@latrobe.edu.au.


The views in this story are those of the author and not necessarily those of Our Voice: Politics Albury-Wodonga.



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