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Battle Hymn of China (China in the Twentieth Century)

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ISBN-13: 978-0306706936
ISBN-10: 0306706938
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Product Details

  • Series: China in the Twentieth Century
  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Pr (May 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306706938
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306706936
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 5.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #369,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Agnes Smedley is a powerful writer. A very large part of her strength as a writer comes from the fact that she consistently put herself in a place where she always had something to write about. Like Churchill, she was persistent in her determination to "live on the edge," and thus she always had something to say that people were interested in reading. Smedley does not quite rival Churchill as an historian--she does not have the grasp of the historical context that he did. But in one other respect, I believe she excels Churchill. Smedley was a war correspondent, but she was also a humanitarian. Although not a trained physician, she carried medication with her, and did what she could to make life bearable for the sick and wounded.

Smedley was not a professional historian like Churchill. So her book cannot be read in isolation. It is not good for giving you the historical context. But I don't say that as a criticism, because while it is not very comprehensive, it is excellent as a window into what life was really like for guerilla soldiers. But you would need to read some other source to get the "big picture," so to speak. In the interest of clarity, allow me to elucidate a few basic facts that sort of need to be understood in order to be able to make sense of what is going on.

The revolution of 1911 brought an end to the Qing Dynasty. Dr. Sun Yat Sen, one of the main articulators of revolutionary thought, was abroad when the conflict that brought the whole thing to a boil broke out. As soon as he heard about it, he rushed back to China and "led" the revolution. He became the first president of China. But he was only president for three months. The truth is that he simply did not have the military power to rule the country.
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This is Agnes Smedley's account of her experiences in China during the war against Japan. It is written with great sympathy for the Chinese communists and the Chinese people in gereral wo told her to tell her people their wstory
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