The Red Book of Chinese Martyrs

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This powerful book presents documents on a span of time that begins with the war between the Communists and Chinese Nationalists in the mid 1940's and continues until 1983, shortly before the phrase of "modernization" promoted by Deng Xiaoping after the death of Mao. They cover four crucial decades in contemporary Chinese history. These documents are the memoirs of persons who have experienced in their own flesh how far the violence of a power blinded by ideology can go, a power which, after winning its battle ...
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Overview

This powerful book presents documents on a span of time that begins with the war between the Communists and Chinese Nationalists in the mid 1940's and continues until 1983, shortly before the phrase of "modernization" promoted by Deng Xiaoping after the death of Mao. They cover four crucial decades in contemporary Chinese history. These documents are the memoirs of persons who have experienced in their own flesh how far the violence of a power blinded by ideology can go, a power which, after winning its battle against an armed enemy, had decided to exterminate its "enemies without gun", as Mao in a famous speech described intellectuals, believers and opponents. From the historical perspective these are contributors of great value, especially for anyone who wants to learn about the injustices and brutality of Maoism. Only in recent years have non-specialists had access to autobiographical testimonies concerning the laogi, the Chinese forced labor camps. But we have a long way to go before we know about that life in as much detail as is available concerning the Soviet gulags thanks to Solzhenitsyn. The Red Book of Chinese Martyrs partially fills this gap. It is a gap that originated in precise politico-cultural circumstances which explain why a book of this sort has never until now seen the light of day. The ideological baggage encumbering historiography and journalism on the subject of China has severely limited the opportunities for learning about and publicizing these stories of Christian persecution and martyrdom. The Red Book of Chinese Martyrs intends to be also a denunciation of Maoism and of its crimes. After decades of ideological propaganda, we are finally able to seea"demythologization of Mao", who was responsible for crimes equal to or even worse than those of Stalin and Hitler (eighty million dead during the period of the "Great Leap Forward", 1958-1961). While reading The Red Book of Chinese Martyrs one cannot help noticing what a tragedy has befallen the Chinese people, in particular the believers. But all this has not destroyed their faith. Therefore Cardinal Zen is able to write in his Preface: "The pages that you will read are not primarily pages of suffering and sorrow; they are also and above pages of joy."

Illustrated with 16 pages of photos.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586172442
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • Publication date: 4/30/2009
  • Pages: 390
  • Sales rank: 1,000,438
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 7.99 (h) x 0.97 (d)

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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