+ The Pacific Story was broadcast on NBC at 11:30pm, with the first broadcast on July 11, 1943. The series lasted 184 weeks with two weeks pre-empted and ended on January 26, 1947. It was considered a documentary. The premise of the show was that with Europe in ruins, the Pacific might emerge as the center of political and social change in the world, and people should know something about it. The series touched on every nation around the Pacific rim and told of their importance in the years to come when the war ended. It was narrated by Gayne Williams and featured such authorities on Pacific affairs as Henry Luce and Pearl S. Buck. Owen Lattimore (July 29, 1900 – May 31, 1989) was an American author, educator, and influential scholar of Central Asia, especially Mongolia. In the 1930s, he was editor of Pacific Affairs, a journal published by the Institute of Pacific Relations, and then taught at Johns Hopkins University from 1938 to 1963. During World War II, he was an advisor to Chiang Kai-shek and the American government and contributed extensively to the public debate. In the early post-war period of McCarthyism and the Red Scare, American wartime China Hands were accused of being agents of the Soviet Union or under the influence of Marxism. In 1950, Senator Joseph McCarthy accused Lattimore in particular of being "the top Russian espionage agent in the United States." The accusations led to years of Congressional hearings that did not substantiate the charge that Lattimore had been one (and wartime intercepted Venona cables did not refer to him as one). The hearings documented Lattimore's sympathetic statements about Stalin and the Soviet Union, however. Although charges of perjury were dismissed, the controversy put an end to Lattimore's role as a consultant of the United States State Department and eventually to his career in American academic life. From 1963 to 1975, Lattimore was the first professor of Chinese studies at the University of Leeds in England, where he taught Chinese History, richly flavoured with personal reminiscences. He died in 1989 in Providence, Rhode Island. Lattimore's "lifetime intellectual project," notes one recent scholar, was to "develop a 'scientific' model of the way human societies form, evolve, grow, decline, mutate and interact with one another along 'frontiers.'" He eclectically absorbed and often abandoned influential theories of his day that dealt with the great themes of history. These included the ecological determinism of Ellsworth Huntington; biological racism, though only to the extent of seeing characteristics which grew out of ecology; the economic geography and location theory; and some aspects of Marxist modes of production and stages of history, especially through the influence of Karl August Wittfogel. The most important and lasting theorist, however, was Arnold J. Toynbee and his treatment of the great civilizations as organic wholes which were born, matured, grew old, and died. Lattimore's most influential book, The Inner Asian Frontiers of China (1940), used these theories to explain the history of East Asia not as the history of China and its influence, but as the interaction between two types of civilizations, settled farming and pastoral, each of which had its role.
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|07.11.1943||japans dream of world dominion||
+The first show of the series of drama/documentaries about the countries and peoples of the Pacific....
|07.18.1943||alaska americas new frontier||
+ A drama/documentary about our northern territory. Mr. Lattimore quotes Molotov as saying, "You and...
|07.25.1943||siberia americas nearest asiatic neighbor||
+A drama/documentary about the Russian territory. The system cue has been deleted.
|08.01.1943||the old china||
+A drama/documentary about Chinese history. At the end of the program, the announcer mentions that n...
|08.08.1943||the new china||
+A drama/documentary about recent Chinese history and the war with Japan.
|08.22.1943||monsoon asia the geography of rice and rain||
+A drama/documentary about the weather and the crops, and how they affect the people and the war.
|08.29.1943||monsoon asia adventurers and international rivalries|
|09.05.1943||india from clive to gandhi||
+ A drama/documentary about the subcontinent.
|09.12.1943||the islands of the pacific|
|09.19.1943||world war i in the pacific|
|09.26.1943||the manchurian incident and its sequel|
|10.10.1943||chinas exiled universities|
|10.17.1943||burma keystone to the far east||
+ A drama/documentary about the country, followed by an analysis of its current situation.
|10.24.1943||the soviet asiatics a new human world|
|10.31.1943||the chinese revolution|
|11.07.1943||the philippines and their fight for freedom||
+ After a drama/documentary, Owen Lattimore comments on American foreign policy toward the Philippin...
|11.14.1943||chiang kai shek freedom and equality||
+ A drama/documentary about the new president of China. After the story, Henry Luce (speaking from N...
|11.21.1943||australia rising power in the pacific||
+The program originates from San Francisco and Hollywood. A drama/documentary about the country.
|11.28.1943||japans dynasty of terror the black dragon society||
+ A drama/documentay about "the military masters of Japan" and the powerful Mitsuru Toyama. "The end...
|12.05.1943||thailand the enslavement of a free people||
+A drama/documentary about the history of the country, the Japanese conquest and "The Little Hitler,...
|12.12.1943||incochina the collapse of the french empire in the pacific||
+ A drama/documentary about France's "Balcony on the Pacific," now controlled by the Japanese.
|12.19.1943||the beggars of the sea||
+ A drama/documentary about the history and people of the Dutch East Indies. The islands are waiting...
|12.26.1943||jose rizal patriot martyr of the philippines||
+ A drama/documentary about a hero of the Philippines, executed by a Spanish firing squad in 1896.
|01.02.1944||hawaii melting pot of the pacific||
+A drama/documentary about the islands.
|01.09.1944||korea japans oldest enemy|