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Professor Richard Baum, Ph.D.

Professor Richard Baum
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of California, Berkeley
Modern China has been a source of endless fascination, sometimes evoking feelings of profound admiration, while at other times leaving me feeling bitterly frustrated and outraged. One thing that China has never been, is boring.
Dr. Richard Baum was Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he specialized in the study of modern Chinese politics and foreign relations. He earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Baum lived and lectured extensively throughout China and Asia. He served as Visiting Professor or Visiting Scholar at institutions including Peking University, Meiji Gakuin University (Japan), The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Princeton University, and Arizona State University, where he was honored as Distinguished Visiting Scholar for 2008. He was the author/editor of nine books, including Prelude to Revolution: Mao, the Party, and the Peasant Question, 1962ñ1966; and a personal memoir, China Watcher: Confessions of a Peking Tom. Professor Baum served on the boards of the National Committee on United States-China Relations and the Joint Committee on Contemporary China of the Social Science Research Council. He was a consultant to numerous public and private agencies, including the White House, the United Nations, and the RAND Corporation. He was also a frequent commentator on Chinese and East Asian affairs for the BBC World Service, CNN International, and National Public Radio. Professor Baum passed away in December 2012.
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"I have read a number of other books about modern China, but even so I was impressed by Professor Baum's insight. In particular I appreciated the way he explained not only what happened, but why it happened."

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  1. Fall and Rise of China

    Fall and Rise of China

    Richard Baum
    Starting at $249.95 Starting at $249.95 $519.95 $249.95$519.95
    How did modern China become one of the most important global powers of the 21st century? Join China expert and Professor Richard Baum as he brings to life the human struggles, political upheavals, and spectacular speed of this nation's rebirth in The Fall and Rise of China. Offering multilevel insights into one of the most astounding real-life dramas of modern history, his 48 lectures weave together the diverse...
  2. 36 Revolutionary Figures of History Collection

    36 Revolutionary Figures of History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $269.95 $199.95$269.95
    Alexander the Great. Jesus. Darwin. Churchill. These are just a few of the revolutionary individuals who have transformed our world in ways that still resonate today. 36 Revolutionary Figures of History is a unique collection of 36 lectures from our extensive course catalog—one that takes you across time and around the globe to offer piercing insights into some of history’s most transformative figures.
  3. (Set)  Become an Educated Traveler Set

    (Set) Become an Educated Traveler

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $4,424.40 Starting at $4,424.40 $4,424.40 $4,424.40$4,424.40
  4. (Set) Fall and Rise of China & History of Russia: From Peter the Great to Gorbachev  Set

    (Set) Fall and Rise of China & History of Russia: From Peter the Great to Gorbachev

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
    Survey the epic stories of two countries and their powerful impact on the course of modern history with this two-course set. Join a China expert as he brings to life the human struggles, political upheavals, and spectacular speed of this nation's rebirth in The Fall and Rise of China. Follow that with A History of Russia: From Peter the Great to Gorbachev, your chance to explore the last 300 years of Russian history...
  5. (Set)  Eastern Civilization & The Fall and Rise of China Set

    (Set) Eastern Civilization & The Fall and Rise of China

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $1,039.90 $499.90$1,039.90
  6. (Set) The Fall and Rise of China & America and the New Global Economy  Set

    (Set) The Fall and Rise of China & America and the New Global Economy

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
  7. (Set)  Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition & Fal Set

    (Set) Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition & Fal

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
  8. (Set) Fall and Rise of China & War and World History  Set

    (Set) Fall and Rise of China & War and World History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $1,039.90 $499.90$1,039.90
    Explore the past to make better sense of today's world with these two courses delivered by captivating historians and award-winning professors. First, discover how China became one of the most important global powers of the 21st century by examining its recent history with The Fall and Rise of China. Then, take a panoramic look at the intimate interconnections of warfare with human cultures and societies across five...
  9. (Set) Fall and Rise of China & From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History  Set

    (Set) Fall and Rise of China & From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
    Survey thousands of years of Chinese history in this exciting two-course set. In The Fall and Rise of China, explore the human struggles, political upheavals, and spectacular speed of modern China's spectacular rebirth. Then, travel even further back in time to explore the dynasties, philosophical foundations, and larger-than-life personalities that influenced and shaped Chinese life, politics, culture, and thought...
  10. (Set) 36 Revolutionary Figures of History & 36 Books That Changed the World Set

    (Set) 36 Revolutionary Figures of History & 36 Books That Changed the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $539.90 $399.90$539.90
    Learn something new and exciting with this set of collections courses. Start by exploring 36 revolutionary figures that have changed the course of history. Then, dive into 36 books that have played a central role in shaping our culture – from entertaining and instructing to shaping our social mores.