School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 5-7-This clear introduction to the development of Communist China begins with a heroic battle during the Long March, an event that symbolizes the determination and courage of the Communists as they established their base of power and eventually took over the country. Placing the rise of Communism firmly within the context of history, the book describes step-by-step the process of change from the end of imperial rule to the rise of Deng Xiaoping as leader. The broad scope of the work accounts for some lack of detail as well as an occasional sweeping general statement, but the book still provides a good basic introduction to the rise of Communism in China. Much of the reality and flavor of the period is conveyed through the excellent, well-captioned photographs, the posters, and the quotations from primary sources. A few minor editing glitches as well as the presence of only one map, which doesn't appear until half way into the book, are drawbacks especially since the map shows Sichuan province in the wrong place. Jean Fritz's excellent China's Long March (Putnam, 1988) gives readers a much richer picture of the Long March itself while Allan's book gives them a brief but cogent overview of more than 100 years and shows the significance of this event in the country's history.-Barbara Scotto, Michael Driscoll School, Brookline, MA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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