Thursday, May 25, 2006

HistoryPodcast 63 - Rape Of Nanjing

The Nanjing Massacre, commonly known as "The Rape of Nanjing", refers to the most infamous of the war crimes committed by the Japanese military during World War II—acts carried out by Japanese troops in and around Nanjing, China, after it fell to the Imperial Japanese Army on December 13, 1937. The duration of the massacre is not clearly defined, although the period of carnage lasted well into the next six weeks, until early February 1938.

During the occupation of Nanjing, the Japanese army committed numerous atrocities, such as rape, looting, arson and the execution of prisoners of war and civilians. Although the executions began under the pretext of eliminating Chinese soldiers disguised as civilians, a large number of innocent men were wrongfully identified as enemy combatants and killed. A large number of women and children were also killed, as rape and murder became more widespread.

The extent of the atrocities is hotly debated, with numbers ranging from the claim of the Japanese army at the International Military Tribunal for the Far East that the death toll was military in nature and that no such atrocities ever occurred, to the Chinese claim of a non-combatant death toll of 300,000. The West has generally tended to adopt the Chinese point-of-view, with many Western sources now quoting 300,000 dead. This is in no small part due to the commercial success of Iris Chang's "The Rape of Nanjing", which set the stage for the debate of the issue in the West; and the existence of extensive photographic records of the mutilated bodies of women and children.

The massacre is a major focal point of burgeoning Chinese nationalism, and in China, opinions are relatively homogenous. In Japan, however, public opinion over the severity of the massacre remains divided. The event continues to be a point of contention in Sino-Japanese relations.

HistoryPodcast 63 - Rape Of Nanjing.mp3 13:00 - 12MB


Wikipedia Article


Modern Japan: A Historical Survey

Revolution and Its Past : Indentities and Change in Modern Chinese History (2nd Edition)

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Thursday, May 18, 2006

HistoryPodcast 62 - The Cristero War

The struggle between church and state in Mexico broke out in armed conflict during the Cristero War (also known as the Cristiada) of 1926 to 1929. This was a popular uprising against the anti-clerical provisions of the Mexican Constitution of 1917.

After a period of peaceful resistance, a number of skirmishes took place in 1926. The formal rebellion began on January 1, 1927 with the rebels calling themselves Cristeros because they felt they were fighting for Christ himself. Just as the Cristeros began to hold their own against the federal forces, the rebellion was ended by diplomatic means, in large part due to the efforts of U.S. Ambassador Dwight Whitney Morrow.

HP62 - The Cristero War.mp3 16:50 - 15.6MB

Source: Wikipedia Article

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Thursday, May 11, 2006

HistoryPodcast 61 - Francisco Franco

Francisco Franco, sometimes known as Generalísimo Francisco Franco, was the Head of State of Spain in parts of the country from 1936 and in its entirety from 1939 until his death in 1975. He presided over the authoritarian government of the Spanish State following victory in the Spanish Civil War. From 1947, he was de facto regent of Spain. During his rule he was known officially as por la gracia de Dios, Caudillo de España y de la Cruzada, or "by the grace of God, the Leader of Spain and of the Crusade."

Source for this podcast: Encyclopedia Britannica

HP61 - Francisco Franco.mp3 13:51 - 12.3MB


Killer File - Francisco Franco

Wikipedia Article


Conspiracy and the Spanish Civil War: The Brainwashing of Francisco Franco (Routledge/Canada Blanch Studies in Contemporary Spain)

Francisco Franco: The Times and the Man

Franco: A Concise Biography

Hitler Stopped By Franco

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Thursday, May 04, 2006

HistoryPodcast 60 - History of Societal Responses to Children and New Media

Christy introduces us to the history of societal responses to children and new media.

HP60 - Children New Media.mp3 18:23 - 17MB

Question: Who was the guest podcaster on this episode?

Answer: Christy


Children and Computers: New Technology, Old Concerns", is from Children and Computer Technology, VOLUME 10, NUMBER 2 - FALL/WINTER 2000


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