"China Goes Communist"

Course of Our Times, Series III

VHS; U-Matic; 16mm film


Program Number

Date Aired
ca. 1970

30 min.

China after World War II went through one of the most momentous transformations in modern history involving hundreds of millions of people, a fifth of the human race. Under the leadership of a guerilla genius, Mao Tse- tung, a backward, peasant, warlord-ridden society became a military and economic giant, challenging in strength and in potential the American and Russian power structures. The Chinese Revolution, under Mao, represented the greatest diplomatic disaster in American history. For China had been an American protege up to World War II. It was a fixed point in American diplomacy to build it as an Asian bastion, to protect it from the encroachments of Japan and the Soviets. But China went Communist, and the United States not only lost its most valuable ally in Asia, but was confronted thereafter with an implacable enemy.

Recording Location
WGBH, Boston

1 VHS use copy [In Course of Our Times Collection, Box 1]
1 U-Matic copy [In Sachar Personal Papers, Box 27]
4 16 mm films [All B&W; in Sachar Film Collection]