The Chinese Civil War 1945-49

Overview

Out of the ashes of Imperial China arose two new contenders to lead a reformed nation; the Chinese Nationalist Party, the Kuomintang, and the Chinese Communist Party. In 1927, the inevitable clash between these two political parties led to a bitter civil war that would last for 23 years, through World War II and into the Cold War period. The brutal struggle finally concluded when Communist forces captured Nanjing, capital of the Nationalist Republic of China, irrevocably altering the course of China's future. Dr....

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Overview

Out of the ashes of Imperial China arose two new contenders to lead a reformed nation; the Chinese Nationalist Party, the Kuomintang, and the Chinese Communist Party. In 1927, the inevitable clash between these two political parties led to a bitter civil war that would last for 23 years, through World War II and into the Cold War period. The brutal struggle finally concluded when Communist forces captured Nanjing, capital of the Nationalist Republic of China, irrevocably altering the course of China's future. Dr. Michael Lynch sheds light on the cruel civil war that ultimately led to the establishment of the People's Republic of China.

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"Author Michael Lynch does a superlative job of telling the story of both sides... Superbly illustrated by rare period photographs as well as the work of artists of the time and some excellent maps, the full unfolding of events has been made much more clear. This is a superb book on the subject and one that I know you will enjoy. Highly recommended." - Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841766713
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/25/2010
  • Series: Essential Histories Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 331,988
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Michael Lynch is currently Honorary Senior Lecturer and Tutor in the School of Historical Studies at the University of Leicester. His specialist areas of interest include modern European and Asian history. He is currently the editor for the Access to History series for Hodder Murray. His previous publications include China: From Empire to People's Republic 1900-1949 (Hodder & Stoughton, 1996), Mao Zedong (Routledge, 2004) and The People's Republic of China 1949-76, 2nd Edition (Hodder and Stoughton, 2008).

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Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Chronology 12

The Warring Sides

Nationalists and Communists 14

The fighting 34

Portrait of a soldier

Press gangs and coercion in the civil war 63

The great protagonists

Chiang Kai-shek and Mao Zedong 70

The world around war

The roles of the Soviet Union and the USA 76

Why the war was won and lost 83

Conclusion 91

Further reading 93

Index 94

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