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Civil War in China: The Political Struggle, 1945-1949 Hardcover – February, 1978

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A splendid contribution to our understanding of that part of the Chinese Revolution between the defeat of Japan and the proclamation of the People's Republic of China. We are not likely to have a better account of the politics of a major turning point in history than this one. (American Political Science Review)

This superb piece of scholarship is the definitive account of the political conflict between the Nationalists and the Communists during China's war of 1945—1949. It is a most important addition to our knowledge of the history of modern China and will be required reading in any course on that subject. (Journal Of Asian Studies)

A major contribution. . . . Pepper develops a balanced and intelligent analysis of the reasons behind Koumingtang failure and communist success. Not content with a monocasual explanation of the outcome, she compares the two parties to the Civil War along a variety of dimensions: relations with students and intellectuals, land reform measures, industrial management, fiscal measures and the like. Her discussion combines a careful analysis of policy documents with a comparative examination of actual policy implementation and impact. The result is the first comprehensive and convincing account of the Civil War period. It is required reading of anyone seeking the roots of the historic Chinese Communist victory in 1949. (Choice)

Twenty years after its original publication, Civil War in China remains the definitive work on the five-year conflict between the Guomindang and the Communist Party to win control of China. Pepper's painstakingly researched and well-balanced accounthas become the standard textbook for students of the civil war, political conflict, and state-building. Her analysis of the weaknesses that led the Nationalists to defeat and the strengths that propelled the Communists to power have stood the test of time and remains as relevant today as it was when originally published in 1978. A classic and a must for all serious scholars of revolution and political conflict. University of Pittsburghhh (Patricia Stranahan)

Indispensible to those interested in this important period of Chinese history, in the political organization of China, or in an analysis of the bases of political power. (Asian Affiars)

At long last we have an authoritative, thorough investigation of the crucial five-year period of Chinese civil war which marks the transition of the largest nation in Asia from one international power block to another. This is a first-rate study of the period and is likely to be standard for years. (History Teacher)

Twenty years after its original publication, Civil War in China remains the definitive work on the five-year conflict between the Guomindang and the Communist Party to win control of China. Pepper's painstakingly researched and well-balanced account has become the standard textbook for students of the civil war, political conflict, and state-building. Her analysis of the weaknesses that led the Nationalists to defeat and the strengths that propelled the Communists to power have stood the test of time and remains as relevant today as it was when originally published in 1978. A classic and a must for all serious scholars of revolution and political conflict. University of Pittsburgh (Patricia Stranahan)

Any well-concieved, well-researched, and well-written study of the revolution that brought about the total reordering of one's history's major civilizations should find an audience among historians. Suzanne Pepper's balanced treatment of the urban intellectual response to the political morass that was both cause and effect of China's civil war is such a book. (The Historian) --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Suzanne Pepper is an American writer and long-time Hong Kong resident. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Univ of California Pr; First Edition edition (February 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520024400
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520024403
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.6 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,285,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 7, 2000
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A excellent historical account of the Chinese Civil War from the point of view of ordinary journalists and Chinese Civilians. Weighing the options and the pro-con's of both the KMT(Nationalists) and the CCP(Communists) of China in terms of policies, this work detailed successes and the failures of both sides with equally dispassionate facts of the day. It did, however, missed the critical era of KMT/CCP split before 1945, and thus presented only part of the history. Most of all, it presented the clear case understanding of "why China turned Red". Definitely worth reading for unbiased historians.
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