Dilemmas of Victory: The Early Years of the People's Republic of China

Dilemmas of Victory: The Early Years of the People's Republic of China

by Jeremy Brown
     
 

This illuminating work examines the social, cultural, political, and economic dimensions of the Communist takeover of China. Instead of dwelling on elite politics and policy-making processes, Dilemmas of Victory seeks to understand how the 1949-1953 period was experienced by various groups, including industrialists, filmmakers, ethnic minorities, educators,See more details below

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This illuminating work examines the social, cultural, political, and economic dimensions of the Communist takeover of China. Instead of dwelling on elite politics and policy-making processes, Dilemmas of Victory seeks to understand how the 1949-1953 period was experienced by various groups, including industrialists, filmmakers, ethnic minorities, educators, rural midwives, philanthropists, standup comics, and scientists.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674026162
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
01/15/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

Jeremy Brown is Assistant Professor of History, Simon Fraser University.

Paul G. Pickowicz is Distinguished Professor of History and Chinese Studies, University of California, San Diego.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

1 The Early Years of the People's Republic of China: An Introduction Jeremy Brown Paul G. Pickowicz 1

I Urban Takeover 19

2 "Cleanup": The New Order in Shanghai Frederic Wakeman Jr. 21

3 Masters of the Country? Shanghai Workers in the Early People's Republic Elizabeth J. Perry 59

4 New Democracy and the Demise of Private Charity in Shanghai Nara Dillon 80

II Occupying the Periphery 103

5 From Resisting Communists to Resisting America: Civil War and Korean War in Southwest China, 1950-51 Jeremy Brown 105

6 The Chinese Communist "Liberation" of Tibet, 1949-51 Chen Jian 130

7 Big Brother Is Watching: Local Sino-Soviet Relations and the Building of New Dalian 1945-55 Christian A. Hess 160

8 The Call of the Oases: The "Peaceful Liberation" of Xinjiang, 1949-53 James Z. Gao 184

III The Culture of Accommodation 205

9 The Crocodile Bird: Xiangsheng in the Early 1950s Perry Link 207

10 "The Very First Lesson": Teaching about Human Evolution in Early 1950s China Sigrid Schmalzer 232

11 Acting Like Revolutionaries: Shi Hui, the Wenhua Studio, and Private-Sector Filmmaking, 1949-52 Paul G. Pickowicz 256

12 Creating "New China's First New-Style Regular University," 1949-50 Douglas A. Stiffler 288

IV Family Strategies 309

13 The Ye Family in New China Joseph W. Esherick 311

14 Birthing Stories: Rural Midwives in 1950s China Gail Hershatter 337

15 Capitalists Choosing Communist China: The Liu Family of Shanghai, 1948-56 Sherman Cochran 359

Notes 387

Contributors 445

Index 449

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