Decisive Encounters: The Chinese Civil War, 1946-1950

Decisive Encounters: The Chinese Civil War, 1946-1950

by Odd Westad
     
 

ISBN-10: 080474484X

ISBN-13: 9780804744843

Pub. Date: 03/21/2003

Publisher: Stanford University Press

The Chinese Civil War was one of the key conflicts of the twentieth century. The Communist victory determined Chinese history for several generations, and defined international relations in East Asia during the Cold War and after. Despite its importance and scope—its battles were the largest military engagements since World War II—until now remarkably

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Overview

The Chinese Civil War was one of the key conflicts of the twentieth century. The Communist victory determined Chinese history for several generations, and defined international relations in East Asia during the Cold War and after. Despite its importance and scope—its battles were the largest military engagements since World War II—until now remarkably little has been known about the war, and even less about its effects on the societies that suffered through it. This major new history of the Chinese Civil War attempts to answer two central questions: Why was the war fought? What were the immediate and the lasting results of the Communists’ victory?

Though the book highlights military matters, it also shows how campaigns were mounted alongside profound changes in politics, society, and culture—changes that ultimately contributed as much to the character of today’s China as did the major battles. By analyzing the war as an international conflict, the author explains why so much of the present legitimacy of the Beijing government derives from its successes during the late 1940s, and reveals how the antagonism between China and the United States was born.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804744843
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
03/21/2003
Edition description:
1
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

A Note on Transliteration and Usage
Introduction1
1East Asian Cockpit: The Aftermath of World War II17
2Two Bridges: The Outbreak of Civil War35
3Takeovers: Resurrecting the Guomindang State69
4Adjusting Heaven: Communist Rule in the Provinces107
5Into the Cauldron: The Guomindang Offensives147
6The Turn: Battlefields of the North181
7The Chase: Crossing the Yangzi215
8To Tian'anmen: Constructing New China259
9To the Yalu River: New China and the World297
Postscript: The Chinese Civil War Today327
Notes333
Studying the Chinese Civil War: A Brief Bibliography383
Index403

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