China: The Roots of Madness – Part 1/8

I found this information from a 1967 documentary conceived and written by Theodore H. White, to have half-truths about Imperial China.  It is understandable that any American film from that era would be flawed since McCarthyism’s Red Scare took place the decade before.

Author Theodore White lived in China for seven years and said that foreigners who lived in China during the crises often remembered it differently.

In Part I, The Roots of Madness unwittingly documents the lies and deceit that demonized the Empress Tsu Hsi when the narrator calls the empress evil. To discover the truth about the empress, I suggest reading Dragon Lady by Sterling Seagrave, who revealed the lies and deceit of Western journalists.

Nothing in China’s ancient culture could guide the Chinese to become part of the modern world. Instead, China would experiment with different forms of government—a process that is still going on.  Although “China: The Roots of Madness” is a flawed production, there’s enough accurate history to show why China is the way it is today.

Continued in Part 2, The Roots of Madness

If you are interested in more history about China, I suggest The First Emperor: The Man Who Made China

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Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of the concubine saga, My Splendid Concubine & Our Hart. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too.

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2 Responses to China: The Roots of Madness – Part 1/8

  1. […] Remember Admiral Zheng He and China’s 15th century naval armada?  China had an opportunity to bully the world but didn’t. Instead, in the 19th century, the West arrived to bully China. See China: The Roots of Madness […]

  2. […] However, China has a large and cumbersome bureaucracy.  Different ministries compete with each other meaning little cooperation, which has led to a growing crisis that must be dealt with for China to avoid the suffering, chaos and anarchy that plagued the nation between 1835 and 1950. See China, The Roots of Madness […]

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