TV & Film
Revolutions in Movies 2: Russian & Chinese Revolutions (ft. Footnoting History)
In our second instalment of Revolutions in Movies, we look at two of the most earth-shattering societal overturns history has ever seen, the Russian Revolution and the Chinese Communist Revolution.
In part 1 of this two-part miniseries, we focused on the American Revolution, mostly a change in management, and the French Revolution, the beginning of a century-long process resulting in the French Republic. The ones we look at this time were swift and drastic.
We analyze the Russian Revolution via the classic Doctor Zhivago (1965), and the turmoil in China that led the nation from imperial rule to Maoism via The Last Emperor (1987).
The Russian Revolution was one of the defining moments of the 20th century, kicking off a chain of events continuing at least until 1991. The Chinese revolution of 1911-1912 resulted in the end of the reign of the Qing dynasty. Puyi, the last emperor, scion of that final imperial dynasty, is dragged into a maelstrom of events that includes at least two more revolutions, whose final outcomes are yet to be determined.
This episode sees the return of our good friends Elizabeth Keohane-Burbridge and Christine Caccipuoti from the wonderful history podcast Footnoting History. Check them out at https://www.footnotinghistory.com.
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