ISBN-10:
0674047028
ISBN-13:
9780674047020
Pub. Date:
03/15/2010
Publisher:
Harvard
Dilemmas of Victory: The Early Years of the People's Republic of China

Dilemmas of Victory: The Early Years of the People's Republic of China

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Overview

This illuminating work exámines the social, cultural, political, and economic dimensions of the Communist takeover of China. Instead of dwelling on elite politics and policy-making processes, Dilemmas of Victory seeks to understand how the 1949-1953 period was experienced by various groups, including industrialists, filmmakers, ethnic minorities, educators, philanthropists, stand-up comics, and scientists.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674047020
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 03/15/2010
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Jeremy Brown is Associate Professor of History at Simon Fraser University.

Paul G. Pickowicz is Distinguished Professor of History and Chinese Studies at the University of California, San Diego and inaugural holder of the UC San Diego Modern Chinese History Endowed Chair.

Elizabeth J. Perry is Henry Rosovsky Professor of Government at Harvard University and Director of the Harvard-Yenching Institute.

Nara Dillon is a Lecturer in the Departments of Government and East Asian Studies at Harvard University.

Jeremy Brown is Associate Professor of History at Simon Fraser University.

Perry Link is retired from a career teaching at Princeton University and now is Chancellorial Chair for Teaching Across Disciplines at the University of California, Riverside. He publishes on Chinese language, literature, and cultural history, and also writes and speaks on human rights in China.

Paul G. Pickowicz is Distinguished Professor of History and Chinese Studies at the University of California, San Diego and inaugural holder of the UC San Diego Modern Chinese History Endowed Chair.

Sherman Cochran is Hu Shih Professor of Chinese History at Cornell University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

1 The Early Years of the People's Republic of China: An Introduction Jeremy Brown Paul G. Pickowicz 1

I Urban Takeover 19

2 "Cleanup": The New Order in Shanghai Frederic Wakeman Jr. 21

3 Masters of the Country? Shanghai Workers in the Early People's Republic Elizabeth J. Perry 59

4 New Democracy and the Demise of Private Charity in Shanghai Nara Dillon 80

II Occupying the Periphery 103

5 From Resisting Communists to Resisting America: Civil War and Korean War in Southwest China, 1950-51 Jeremy Brown 105

6 The Chinese Communist "Liberation" of Tibet, 1949-51 Chen Jian 130

7 Big Brother Is Watching: Local Sino-Soviet Relations and the Building of New Dalian 1945-55 Christian A. Hess 160

8 The Call of the Oases: The "Peaceful Liberation" of Xinjiang, 1949-53 James Z. Gao 184

III The Culture of Accommodation 205

9 The Crocodile Bird: Xiangsheng in the Early 1950s Perry Link 207

10 "The Very First Lesson": Teaching about Human Evolution in Early 1950s China Sigrid Schmalzer 232

11 Acting Like Revolutionaries: Shi Hui, the Wenhua Studio, and Private-Sector Filmmaking, 1949-52 Paul G. Pickowicz 256

12 Creating "New China's First New-Style Regular University," 1949-50 Douglas A. Stiffler 288

IV Family Strategies 309

13 The Ye Family in New China Joseph W. Esherick 311

14 Birthing Stories: Rural Midwives in 1950s China Gail Hershatter 337

15 Capitalists Choosing Communist China: The Liu Family of Shanghai, 1948-56 Sherman Cochran 359

Notes 387

Contributors 445

Index 449

What People are Saying About This

Strongly recommended. This rich and textured book brings to life a complex period, filling a major gap in our understanding of the early years of the People's Republic of China. In discussing the viability of "New Democracy," the book will provoke debate about how and under what circumstances the transition to socialism began. The many thoroughly researched stories in this important book will be of interest to a large audience.

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