Great Wall of China - BBC Programme

May 12, 2010, 05:07 AM posted in General Discussion

I listened to the BBC "In Our Time Programme" on the Great Wall of China the other day:

Some nice insights into the history, function etc. through the ages. 

I didn't get the Monty Python allusion, though.

The nation building usage by Sun Yatsen is particularly interesting as it points to the general efforts at the beginning of the last century to forge a unified China out of several multi-ethnic and diverse entities in the face of colonial aggression by "the West" and Japan.

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May 12, 2010, 09:52 AM

pity it wasn't downloadable in mp3 format.

i'm not fond of sitting at my computer for a long stretch just to listen to online broadcasting

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May 12, 2010, 10:27 AM

Sydcarten, my post has links to a podcast:

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May 12, 2010, 10:30 AM

Oh, it's only showing the latest one, though I think it's still available on iTunes.