The Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-shek and the Struggle for Modern China

The Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-shek and the Struggle for Modern China

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by Jay Taylor
     
 

One of the most momentous stories of the last century is China’s rise from a self-satisfied, anti-modern, decaying society into a global power that promises to one day rival the United States. Chiang Kai-shek, an autocratic, larger-than-life figure, dominates this story. Drawing heavily on Chinese sources including Chiang’s diaries, The Generalissimo… See more details below

Overview

One of the most momentous stories of the last century is China’s rise from a self-satisfied, anti-modern, decaying society into a global power that promises to one day rival the United States. Chiang Kai-shek, an autocratic, larger-than-life figure, dominates this story. Drawing heavily on Chinese sources including Chiang’s diaries, The Generalissimo provides the most lively, sweeping, and objective biography yet of a man whose length of uninterrupted, active engagement at the highest levels in the march of history is excelled by few, if any, in modern history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674060494
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
04/01/2011
Pages:
752
Sales rank:
579,378
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.70(d)

Table of Contents

  • List of Maps
  • Acknowledgments
  • Note on Romanization
  • Prologue
  • I. Revolution

    • 1. A Neo-Confucian Youth
    • 2. The Northern Expedition and Civil War
    • 3. The Nanking Decade


  • II. War of Resistance

    • 1. The Long War Begins
    • 2. Chiang and His American Allies
    • 3. The China Theater
    • 4. Yalta, Manchuria, and Postwar Strategy


  • III. Civil War

    • 1. Chimera of Victory
    • 2. The Great Failure


  • IV. The Island

    • 1. Streams in the Desert
    • 2. Managing the Protector
    • 3. Shifting Dynamics
    • 4. Nixon and the Last Years


  • Epilogue
  • Notes
  • Index

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