The Tragedy of Liberation: A History of the Chinese Revolution 1945-1957

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Feb 17, 2015 - History - 400 pages

A groundbreaking chronicle of the violent early years of the People s Republic of China, by the author of the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize winning Mao s Great Famine.

"The Chinese Communist party refers to its victory in 1949 as a 'liberation.' In China the story of liberation and the revolution that followed is not one of peace, liberty, and justice. It is first and foremost a story of calculated terror and systematic violence." So begins Frank Dik tter s stunning and revelatory chronicle of Mao Zedong s ascension and campaign to transform the Chinese into what the party called New People. Due to the secrecy surrounding the country s records, little has been known before now about the eight years that followed, preceding the massive famine and Great Leap Forward.

Drawing on hundreds of previously classified documents, secret police reports, unexpurgated versions of leadership speeches, eyewitness accounts of those who survived, and more, and told with great narrative sweep, The Tragedy of Liberation bears witness to a shocking, largely untold history, giving voice at last to the millions who were lost and casting new light on the foundations of one of the most powerful regimes of the twenty-first century.

 

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Excellent work covering the early years of Mao's rule in China. A crucial work to better understand modern Chinese history and the overwhelming loss of life created by the process of creating the socialist state under Mao. Read full review

Contents

Siege
3
War
9
Takeover 194952
37
Liberation
39
e Hurricane
63
e Great Terror
84
e Bamboo Curtain
103
War Again
128
e Road to Serfdom
207
High Tide
226
e Gulag
243
Backlash 195657
255
Behind the Scenes
257
Poisonous Weeds
275
Notes
297
Select Bibliography
339

Regimentation 195256
153
e Purge
155
ought Reform
174
Acknowledgements
363
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Frank Dik tter is chair professor of humanities at the University of Hong Kong. Before moving to Asia in 2006, he was professor of the modern history of China at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He has published nine books about the history of China, including Mao's Great Famine, which won the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction in 2011. He lives in Hong Kong.

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