+ 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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+The program runs short; the announcer is obviously stretching at the end.
|01.19.1947||rubber bellwether of malaya|
|01.12.1947||storm clouds over the philippines|
|01.05.1947||sinkiang powder keg of asia|
|12.29.1946||macao decision pending|
|12.22.1946||transition in india||
+A drama/documentary about India, as it is about to become independant. A look at the conflict betwe...
|12.15.1946||the japanese and the soil|
|12.08.1946||chinas wild men of the mountains|
|12.01.1946||tasmania switzerland of the south|
|11.24.1946||guam the new outpost in the pacific|
|11.17.1946||the fiji islands|
|11.10.1946||redemption in singapore||
+ A drama/documentary about the fall of the British colony to the Japanese, and the horrible conditi...
|11.03.1946||post war formosa|
|10.27.1946||our strategic needs in the pacific|
|10.20.1946||canton the symbol of new china||
+ The program originates from San Francisco, in observance of "United Nations Week."
|10.13.1946||canada looks to the west|
|10.06.1946||the seebees conflict in indonesia|
|09.29.1946||timor pawn of the pacific|
+The eleventh of a series of five programs (!) about the United Nations in the Pacific.
|09.01.1946||the new voice in the east||
+The tenth of a series of five programs (!) about the United Nations in the Pacific.
+The ninth of a series of five programs (!) about the United Nations in the Pacific.
|08.18.1946||medicine comes to china||
+The eighth of a series of five programs (didn't they ever change the announcer's script?) about the...
|08.04.1946||skyway to the far east||
+The seventh of a series of five programs (they repeatedly said there would only be five programs) a...
|07.28.1946||crosscurrents in malaya||
+The sixth of a series of five programs (they repeatedly said there would only be five programs) abo...
|07.21.1946||our job in japan||
+The fifth of a series of five programs about the United Nations in the Pacific.