Decisive Encounters: The Chinese Civil War, 1946-1950

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Stanford University Press, 2003 - 413 頁
The Chinese Civil War was one of the key conflicts of the twentieth century. The Communist victory determined Chinese history for several generations, and defined international relations in East Asia during the Cold War and after. Despite its importance and scope its battles were the largest military engagements since World War II until now remarkably little has been known about the war, and even less about its effects on the societies that suffered through it. This major new history of the Chinese Civil War attempts to answer two central questions: Why was the war fought? What were the immediate and the lasting results of the Communists victory?

Though the book highlights military matters, it also shows how campaigns were mounted alongside profound changes in politics, society, and culture changes that ultimately contributed as much to the character of today s China as did the major battles. By analyzing the war as an international conflict, the author explains why so much of the present legitimacy of the Beijing government derives from its successes during the late 1940s, and reveals how the antagonism between China and the United States was born.

 

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Americans too long viewed Mao's revolutionary victory of 1949 in Cold War terms, bemoaning "the loss of China." We have sorely lacked a book that tells the whole story, as the topic is huge and ... 閱讀評論全文

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Americans too long viewed Mao's revolutionary victory of 1949 in Cold War terms, bemoaning "the loss of China." We have sorely lacked a book that tells the whole story, as the topic is huge and ... 閱讀評論全文

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A Note on Transliteration and Usage
Introduction
1
East Asian Cockpit The Aftermath of World War II
15
Two Bridges The Outbreak of Civil War
33
Takeovers Resurrecting the Guomindang State
67
Adjusting Heaven Communist Rule in the Provinces
105
Into the Cauldron The Guomindang Offensives
145
The Turn Battlefields of the North
179
The Chase Crossing the Yangzi
213
To Tiananmen Constructing New China
257
To the Yalu River New China and the World
295
The Chinese Civil War Today
327
Notes
333
A Brief Bibliography
383
Index
403
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Odd Arne Westad is a University Reader in International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Among his many books is Brothers in Arms: The Rise and Fall of the Sino-Soviet Alliance, 1945-1963 (Editor) (Stanford and Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 1998

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