Tragedy of the Chinese Revolution

Tragedy of the Chinese Revolution

by Harold R. Isaacs


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The story of contemporary China typically dates back to Mao’s 1949 revolution. But in this classic work of Marxist scholarship, historian Harold Isaacs uncovers how workers and peasants struggled for a different kind of revolution, one built from the bottom up, in the 1920s. The defeat of their heroic efforts profoundly shaped the further course of modern Chinese history.

Harold Isaacs was an acclaimed Marxist historian who identified with Leon Trotsky’s critique of the Soviet Union’s degeneration under Stalinism during the 1920s. The Tragedy, his major work, is dedicated to the “martyrs” of the 1925-1927 revolution, who fought for a truly democratic society.

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ISBN-13: 9780804704168
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 01/01/1961
Edition description: REV
Pages: 392
Product dimensions: 5.56(w) x 8.49(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Harold Isaacs was a Marxist historian who identified closely with Leon Trotsky's critique of the Soviet Union's degeneration under the control of an authoritarian Stalinist bureaucracy through the 1920s.

Isaacs' major work, "The Tragedy of the Chinese Revolution," published originally in 1938, is dedicated to the "martyrs" of the 1925-1927 revolution who fought for a society based upon authentic self-governance.

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