Red Book of Chinese Martyrs [NOOK Book]

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This powerful book presents documents spanning the war between the Communists and Chinese Nationalists in the mid-1940s up to 1983, shortly before the "modernization" promoted after Mao's death. These are memoirs of those who have experienced in their own flesh how far violence of a power blinded by ideology can go, a power that, after winning its battle against armed forces, decided to exterminate its "enemies without guns", as Mao called intellectuals, believers, and political...

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Red Book of Chinese Martyrs

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Overview

This powerful book presents documents spanning the war between the Communists and Chinese Nationalists in the mid-1940s up to 1983, shortly before the "modernization" promoted after Mao's death. These are memoirs of those who have experienced in their own flesh how far violence of a power blinded by ideology can go, a power that, after winning its battle against armed forces, decided to exterminate its "enemies without guns", as Mao called intellectuals, believers, and political opponents.

From the historical perspective these are valuable sources, especially for anyone who wants to learn about the injustices and brutality of Maoism. Only recently have non-specialists had access to autobiographical testimonies concerning the laogai, the Chinese forced labor camps.

For years ideological baggage encumbering journalism about China severly limited opportunities for hearing stories of Christian persecution and martyrdom; however, after decades of propaganda, we are finally seeing a "demythologization" of Mao, a man responsible for crimes equal to or even worse than those of Stalin and Hitler.

In this book one can see what a tragedy has befallen the Chinese people, in particular the believers. Yet all this has not destroyed their faith.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940000702956
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 298 KB

Table of Contents

Preface 7

A Note on the Text 17

Acknowledgments 19

Introduction 21

The Diary of Father Francis Tan Tiande 41

The Diary of Father John Huang Yongmu 87

The Life of Father Joseph Li Chang 137

The Prison Diary of Gertrude Li Minwen 225

The Via Crucis of the Trappist Monks of Yangjiaping 285

Appendix 1 Chronology of the Catholic Church in China (1921-2006) 311

Appendix 2 The Structures that Control Chinese Religious Policy 337

Bibliography 341

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