North China at War: The Social Ecology Of Revolution, 1937-1945 by Feng ChongyiNorth China at War: The Social Ecology Of Revolution, 1937-1945 by Feng Chongyi

North China at War: The Social Ecology Of Revolution, 1937-1945

byFeng Chongyi, David S. G. GoodmanContribution byGregor Benton

Paperback | May 17, 2000

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During the War of Resistance to Japan from 1937 to 1945, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) grew from a marginalized political force on the geographical periphery of Chinese society to a position of national leadership. Explaining this transformation has long been a major point of contestation among scholars. This groundbreaking volume draws on newly available documentary sources to explore key facets of the partyOs move to power. Leading scholars from China and the West compare the varied experiences of the CCP_and its interactions with local society_in all the border regions and base areas of resistance to the Japanese invasion on the North China battlefront. Eschewing grand theory, the authors develop a Osocial ecology of revolutionO that traces the relationship between local conditions and patterns of social and political change. By individualizing the experience of the party by locality, period of the war, and stage in the development of mobilization and rule, the book highlights the importance of the military situation, CCP internal control mechanisms, peasant resistance, as well as the roles played by the Nationalist Party and intellectuals in the development of the border regions and base areas.
Feng Chongyi is head of Chinese studies at the Institute for International Studies, University of Technology, Sydney. David S. G. Goodman is director of the Institute for International Studies, University of Technology.
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Title:North China at War: The Social Ecology Of Revolution, 1937-1945Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.96 × 5.84 × 0.56 inPublished:May 17, 2000Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Explaining Revolution Chapter 2 Getting Peasants Organized: Village Organizations and the Party-state in the Shaan Gan Ning Border Region, 1934-1945 Chapter 3 Revolution in a 'Feudal Fortress': Yangjiagou, Mizhi County, Shaanxi, 1937-1948 Chapter 4 Social Reform and Value Change in the Jin Cha Ji Anti-Japanese Border Region Chapter 5 Social and Political Change in the Villages of the Taihang Anti-Japanese Base Area Chapter 6 Resistance and Revolution, Religion and Rebellion: The Sixth Trigram Movement in Licheng, 1939-1942 Chapter 7 The Making of the Jin Sui Base Area: Peasants, Intellectuals, and Democratization Chapter 8 The Survival of the Shandong Base Area, 1937-1943: External Influences and Internal Conflicts Chapter 9 Comparative Perspectives: North and Central China in the Anti-Japanese Resistance

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This astute work of history comprehensively deals with the events and factors that facilitated the Chinese Communist Party’ rise to power. North China at War: The Social Ecology of Revolution, 1937-1945 uses exhaustive research and newly available archival information to illustrate the concept of ‘social ecology of revolution.’ Feng Chongyi and David S. G. Goodman thoroughly examine resistance to the Japanese invasion on the North China battlefront and many other events to reveal the relationship between varied local conditions and patterns of social and political change. 

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[T]his very useful and enlightening volume, which, helpfully focused by the methodological reflections in its introduction and conclusion, enables a greater insight and understanding of the complex social diversity at work in the revolutionary process. It was not without difficulties and setbacks that this process finally led to the defeat of the Japanese and the ultimate victory of the CCP. It is all the more useful to turn back to these issues, because since the 1980s a plethora of CCP documents, personal memoirs, and works by Chinese historians on the Sino-Japanese war period have been published that tend to obscure them, or even conceal them completely.