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1jmnlman
Mai 28, 2007, 5:45pm

Anyone have any suggestions on a good book for the Communist takeover in China particularly how the Communists behave towards villagers? Whether they actually behaved "respectfully" like Mao wanted or with terrorism. Unfortunately it has to be in English. Any suggestions appreciated.

2perodicticus
Mai 29, 2007, 5:48am

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3rebeccanyc
Mai 29, 2007, 11:41am

I haven't read Wild Swans but, based on Jung Chang's biography of Mao, I wouldn't expect this to be an unbiased account. You might want to balance it with something by another author.

4alibrarian
Mai 29, 2007, 2:59pm

Could try "Fanshen; a documentary of revolution in a Chinese village" by William Hinton. Covers land reform in a village after the end of the civil war.

(Touchstone keeps going to wrong book)

5jmnlman
Modifié : Mai 29, 2007, 4:13pm

Unfortunately I need something that deals with the Civil War, how the Communists gain power in the villages. Mao is constantly going on in his writings about behaving nicely to the population to contrast with the government forces. I'm trying to figure out if that actually took place in the field. Once they took power of coarse things changed but that's not really part of my scope. The insurgency is.

6dougwood57
Mai 30, 2007, 2:51pm

Someone made a listmania over on amzon that looks like it has several useful books.

http://www.amazon.com/Chinese-village-studies/lm/1IBGND4M6LLDX/ref=cm_lmt_srch_f...

7jmnlman
Mai 30, 2007, 5:17pm

Thanks seems strange to me that there isn't much analysis from before the 1940s. Maybe because most seem to be dealing with oral history.

8eromsted
Modifié : Juin 4, 2007, 8:15pm

Here's a list out of the back of China: a New History by John King Fairbank (updated by Merle Goldman). This book was published in 1998 and the original edition is from '91 so there won't be anything recent.

The Broken Wave: the Chinese Communist Peasant
Movement, 1922-1928 by Roy Hofheinz
Red Star over China by Edgar Snow
Rural Revolution in South China: Peasants and the Making of History in Haifeng County, 1570-1930 by Robert Marks
Peasant Society and Marxist Intellectuals in China: Fang Zhimin and the Origin of a Revolutionary Movement in the Xinjiang Region by Kamal Sheel
Revolutionary Struggle in Manchuria: Chinese Communism and Soviet Interest, 1922-1945 by Chong-sik Lee
From Revolution to Politics: Chinese Communists of the Long March by Benjamin Yang
The Yenan Way in Revolutionary China by Mark Selden
I believe that this has been updated as,
China in Revolution: the Yenan Way Revisited
Culture, Power, and the State: Rural North China, 1900-1942 by Prasenjit Duara
Single Sparks: China's Rural Revolutions by Kathleen Hartford and Steven M. Goldstein
The Urban Origins of Rural Revolution: Elites and the Masses in Hunan Province, 1911-1927 by Angus McDonald
Fairbank also recommends Fanshen, he calls it a remarkable on-the-scene account.
Making Revolution: The Communist Movement in Eastern and Central China, 1937-1945 by Yuag-fa Chen
Guerrilla Economy: The Development of the Shensi-Kansu-Ninghsia Border Region by Peter Schran
Anvil of Victory: the Communist Revolution in Manchuria, 1945-1948 by Steven I. Levine

9jmnlman
Juin 4, 2007, 7:30pm

Thanks I'll take a look at these.

10A_musing
Juin 5, 2007, 8:48am

Try Chalmers Johnson, Peasant Nationalism and Communist Power.

For the American perspective, try Barbara Tuchman's book on Stillwell.

11Autodafe
Juin 5, 2007, 10:53am

Although it describes an early urban communist uprising in 1927, you may want to try Man's Fate by Andre Malraux.