I could see it working.
I'd like to see the history of China, though, beginning with the fall of the Qing dynasty. Bring it all the way through the Chinese Civil war, and I think you've got a winner.
Sun Yat-sen would be a fucking awesome son of a bitch, Chiang Kai-shek would be a crazy bastard, Mao would be a dynamic, brilliant, but ultimately horrifying leader.
Would never happen, though. Well, it might, but the Japanese'd butcher the WWII portion terribly. "Nanking what?"