Civil War in China: The Political Struggle 1945-1949 by Suzanne PepperCivil War in China: The Political Struggle 1945-1949 by Suzanne Pepper

Civil War in China: The Political Struggle 1945-1949

bySuzanne Pepper

Paperback | July 22, 1999

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Many books have tried to analyze the reasons for the Chinese communist success in China's 1945_1949 civil war, but Suzanne Pepper's seminal work was the first and remains the only comprehensive analysis of how the ruling Nationalists lost that war_not just militarily, but by alienating the civilian population through corruption and incompetence. Now available in a new edition, this authoritative investigation of Kuomintang failure and communist success explores the new research and archival resources available for assessing this pivotal period in contemporary Chinese history. Even more relevant today given the contemporary debates in Hong Kong and Taiwan over the terms of reunification with a communist-led national government in Beijing, this book is essential reading for anyone seeking a nuanced understanding of twentieth-century Chinese politics.
Suzanne Pepper is an American writer and long-time Hong Kong resident.
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Title:Civil War in China: The Political Struggle 1945-1949Format:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 9.16 × 5.78 × 1.55 inPublished:July 22, 1999Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0847691349

ISBN - 13:9780847691340

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Part I: The Last Years of Kuomintang Rule Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 The Beginning of the End: Take-over from the Japanese Chapter 4 The Student Anti-war Movement Chapter 5 The Political Costs of Economic Mismanagement Chapter 6 A Summary of the Indictment: The Intelligentsia's Critique of the Kuomintang Part 7 Part II: The Communist Alternative Chapter 8 The Intelligentsia's Critique of the Chinese Communists Chapter 9 The Return to Land Reform Chapter 10 The Return to the Cities Chapter 11 A New Beginning: The Communist Take-over from the Kuomintang Chapter 12 The Politics of Civil War

From Our Editors

Now in its second edition, Civil War in China is an authoritative investigation into the Chinese communist success and Kuomintang failure during this pivotal period in contemporary Chinese history. Suzanne Pepper analyzes how the ruling Nationalists lost the civil war, not just militarily, but by alienating the population through incompetence and corruption. This edition explores new research and archival material available, providing an up-to-date assessment of the 1945-1949 events. 

Editorial Reviews

Any well-concieved, well-researched, and well-written study of the revolution that brought about the total reordering of one's history's major civilizations should find an audience among historians. Suzanne Pepper's balanced treatment of the urban intellectual response to the political morass that was both cause and effect of China's civil war is such a book.