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The Chinese People at War : Human Suffering and Social Transformation, 1937-1945 - Diana Lary

The Chinese People at War

Human Suffering and Social Transformation, 1937-1945


Published: 31st July 2010
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Diana Lary, one of the foremost historians of the period, tells the tragic history of China's War of Resistance and its consequences from the perspective of those who went through it. Using archival evidence only recently made available, interviews with survivors, and extracts from literature, she creates a vivid and highly disturbing picture of the havoc created by the war, the destruction of towns and villages, the displacement of peoples, and the accompanying economic and social disintegration. As the author suggests in this 2010 interpretation of modern Chinese history, far from stemming the spread of communism from the USSR, which was the Japanese pretext for invasion, the horrors of the war, and the damage it created, nurtured the Chinese Communist Party and helped it to win power in 1949.

"An outstanding book in the depth of its research on the suffering of the Chinese people during the War of Resistance, and also in its coverage of the entire war period from different regional perspectives... There is simply no comparable work of this scope on this topic." - Edward A. McCord, George Washington University

List of Illustrationsp. x
List of Mapsp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Introduction: The Human Cost of Warp. 1
The High Tide of War: July-December 1937p. 15
Defeat and Retreat: 1938p. 44
Stalemate and Transformation: 1939-1941p. 78
Grim Years: 1942-1944p. 112
Turning Points: 1944-1945p. 146
The Immediate Aftermath of the War: 1945-1946p. 169
The Legacy of the Warp. 194
Final Wordsp. 213
Glossaryp. 215
Indexp. 227
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ISBN: 9780521195065
ISBN-10: 0521195063
Series: New Approaches to Asian History
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 246
Published: 31st July 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.7  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.46