China's Inevitable Revolution: Rethinking America's Loss to the Communists

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China's Inevitable Revolution: Rethinking America's Loss to the Communists

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The pivotal years in the Chinese civil war, 1947-8, found America locked in battle with Mao Zedong and the Communists for the allegiance of China's democratic middle forces. The stakes were high for both sides. As the clouds of Cold War gathered, the US needed the liberals to provide legitimacy to Chiang Kai-shek's increasingly discredited-but staunchly anti-Communist-Nationalist government; the Communists needed the democrats so that the revolution under their leadership could advance from the countryside to the cities. In the polarized atmosphere then engulfing China, whoever lost the battle for the middle forces would face political isolation-and, ultimately, defeat.China's Inevitable Revolutionexplores this tumultuous and decisive battle. It tells the compelling story of assassination, repression, and protest in urban China. It reveals how America's fixation wtih the containing of Communism led in China to the constraining of democracy. In so doing, it demonstrates how America alienated the very democratic forces on which it pinned its hopes, thereby, ironically, contributing to the Communist victory. Content Provided by Syndetics.

ISBN

9781403979773

Publication Date

Winter 11-27-2007

Publisher

Palgrave Macmillan

City

New York

Keywords

United States, China, foreign relations, government

Disciplines

Asian History | History | United States History