East Wind: China and the British Left, 1925-1976

Hardcover | June 22, 2012

byTom Buchanan

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East Wind offers the first complete, archive-based account of the relationship between China and the British Left, from the rise of modern Chinese nationalism to the death of Mao Tse tung. Beginning with the "Hands Off China" movement of the mid-1920s, Tom Buchanan charts the mobilisation ofBritish opinion in defence of China against Japanese aggression, 1931-1945, and the role of the British left in relations with the People's Republic of China after 1949. He shows how this relationship was placed under stress by the growing unpredictability of Communist China, above all by theSino-Soviet dispute and the Cultural Revolution, which meant that by the 1960s China was actively supported only by a dwindling group of enthusiasts. The impact of the suppression of the student protests in Tiananmen Square (June 1989) is addressed as an epilogue.East Wind argues that the significance of the left's relationship with China has been unjustly overlooked. There were many occasions, such as the mid-1920s, the late 1930s and the early 1950s, when China demanded the full attention of the British left. It also argues that there is nothing new in thecurrent fascination with China's emergence as an economic power. Throughout these decades the British left was aware of the immense, unrealised potential of the Chinese economy, and of how China's economic growth could transform the world.In addition to analysing the role of the political parties and pressure groups of the left, Buchanan sheds new light on the activities of many well-known figures in support of China, including intellectuals such as Bertrand Russell, R H Tawney and Joseph Needham. Many other interesting storiesemerge, concerning less well-known figures, which show the complexity of personal links between Britain and China during the twentieth century.

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East Wind offers the first complete, archive-based account of the relationship between China and the British Left, from the rise of modern Chinese nationalism to the death of Mao Tse tung. Beginning with the "Hands Off China" movement of the mid-1920s, Tom Buchanan charts the mobilisation ofBritish opinion in defence of China against J...

Tom Buchanan was born in London in 1960. He graduated from Wadham College Oxford with a first-class degree in Modern History in 1982, and went on to complete his DPhil at St Antony's college in 1987. He is a leading expert on Britain's involvement in the Spanish Civil War, and has written three books and numerous articles on this subj...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:June 22, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceIntroduction: Distance, narrative, and perception1. 1925-1931: The British Left and the Nationalist Revolution2. 1931-1939: Japanese Aggression3. 1939-1949: World War and the Coming of the People's Republic4. 1950-1953: The Sino-British Crisis5. 1953-1964: The British Left and the New China6. 1964-1976: Cultural RevolutionEpilogueBibliography