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China at War: Triumph and tragedy in the Emergence of the New China, 1937-1952

last modified Oct 26, 2017 09:38 AM

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The most recent monograph by Prof. Hans van de Ven, Professor of Modern Chinese History, has just been published in London by Profile Books and is now available to purchase.

China's War of Resistance against Japan, as WWII is known in China, was never about the defeat of Japan alone. China was also at war with itself. Between 1937 and 1949, a vicious revolutionary war between Nationalists and Communists, divided by radically different views about China's future, ravaged the country, killing millions and laying waste to cities and the countryside. The outcomes of these wars have shaped the country and the world since. China at War focuses on this period, examining the complex truth behind the propaganda of both East and West.

Prof. van de Ven shows how the results of the fighting ended European imperialism in East Asia, restored China to its traditional position of regional centrality and gave the USA a decisive role in East Asian politics. In the process, he argues, it also triggered profound changes in warfare, as important as the development of atomic weapons, and gave the countryside a new social, political and military significance.

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