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The Chinese People at War: Human Suffering and Social Transformation, 1937-1945
     

The Chinese People at War: Human Suffering and Social Transformation, 1937-1945

by Diana Lary
 

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ISBN-10: 0521144108

ISBN-13: 9780521144100

Pub. Date: 07/26/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The Chinese peoples’ experience of war during the Second World War, as it is known in the West, was one of suffering and stoicism in the face of dreadful conditions. China’s War of Resistance began in 1937 with the Japanese invasion and ended in 1945 after eight long years. Diana Lary, one of the foremost historians of the period, tells the tragic

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The Chinese peoples’ experience of war during the Second World War, as it is known in the West, was one of suffering and stoicism in the face of dreadful conditions. China’s War of Resistance began in 1937 with the Japanese invasion and ended in 1945 after eight long years. Diana Lary, one of the foremost historians of the period, tells the tragic history of China’s war and its consequences from the perspective of those who went through it. Using archival evidence only recently made available, interviews with survivors, and extracts from literature, she creates a vivid and highly disturbing picture of the havoc created by the war, the destruction of towns and villages, the displacement of peoples, and the accompanying economic and social disintegration. Her focus is on families torn apart, men, women, and children left homeless and struck down by disease and famine. It is also a story of courage and survival. By 1945, the fabric of China’s society had been utterly transformed, and entirely new social categories had emerged. As the author suggests in a new interpretation of modern Chinese history, far from stemming the spread of communism from the USSR, which was the Japanese pretext for invasion, the horrors of the war, and the damage it created, nurtured the Chinese Communist Party and helped it to win power in 1949.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521144100
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/26/2010
Series:
New Approaches to Asian History Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
246
Sales rank:
911,689
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: the human cost of a war; 1. The high tide of war, 1937; 2. Defeat and retreat, 1938; 3. Stalemate and transformation, 1939–1941; 4. Grim years, 1942–1944; 5. Turning points, 1944–1945; 6. The immediate aftermath of the war, 1945–1946; Conclusion.

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