New Perspectives on the Chinese Revolution

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New Perspectives on the Chinese Communist Revolution brings together the work of a new, international generation of students of Chinese Communist Party (CCP) history. Exploiting new sources made available in China in the 1980s, some chapters in this book bring new events and areas into the study of the CCP. Other chapters provide detailed analyses on the basis of new evidence of long-standing problems in the history of the CCP, such as the rise of Mao Zedong. Yet others are significant because they offer new explanatory frameworks for understanding CCP history, such as the importance of Yanan as symbolic capital. New issues are brought up, such as the role of women, internal CCP terror, the use of opium sales to sustain the Yanan economy, and the great difficulty of controlling mass peasant movements once mobilized. The most important contribution of the volume is to show that the old explanations of the CCP's success - peasant support, organizational strength, the supply of administrative services - are incomplete and do not account for the diverse and heterogeneous nature of the CCP and the great difficulties it had in building up mass support. This volume makes clear that the question of the CCP's success remains one of the most elusive but also most important that historians of China face today.
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The result of a conference cosponsored by the Sinological Institute, Leiden U., and the International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam, and held during January 1990, this collection of essays presents new perspectives on the history of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) between its founding in 1920 and its conquest of China in 1949. Employing the voluminous primary sources that have become available in the last decade and a half, the authors draw attention to events and places that until now have suffered historiographical neglect or offer revisionist interpretations of the signal events and leading figures of CCP history, in many cases relating them to new theoretical perspectives on culture and local society, including language and gender relations. Paper edition (unseen), $32.50. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563244292
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/28/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 450
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Early Organizational Trends 1
1 The Emergence of the Text-Centered Party 5
2 The Politics of Gender in the Making of the Party 33
3 What Is Wrong with Li Dazhao? 56
Pt. II Regional Variations 75
4 The Origins of the Futian Incident 79
5 Under Arms and Umbrellas: Perspectives on Chinese Communism in Defeat 116
6 Fits and Starts: The Chinese Communist Party in Rural Hebei, 1921-1936 144
7 Peasant Responses to CCP Mobilization Policies, 1937-1945 175
Pt. III The Making of Victory 189
8 Discourse as Power: Yan'an and the Chinese Revolution 193
9 The Honorable Vocation: Intellectual Service in CCP Propaganda Institutions in Jin-Cha-Ji, 1937-1945 235
10 The Blooming Poppy under the Red Sun: The Yan'an Way and the Opium Trade 263
11 Writing or Rewriting History? The Construction of the Maoist Resolution on Party History 299
12 From a Leninist to a Charismatic Party: The CCP's Changing Leadership, 1937-1945 339
13 Conclusion 388
Index 401
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