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The Chinese People at War
Human Suffering and Social Transformation, 1937–1945


Part of New Approaches to Asian History

  • Author: Diana Lary, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
  • Date Published: July 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521195065

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  • Diana Lary, one of the foremost historians of the period, tells the tragic history of China's War of Resistance and its consequences from the perspective of those who went through it. Using archival evidence only recently made available, interviews with survivors, and extracts from literature, she creates a vivid and highly disturbing picture of the havoc created by the war, the destruction of towns and villages, the displacement of peoples, and the accompanying economic and social disintegration. As the author suggests in this 2010 interpretation of modern Chinese history, far from stemming the spread of communism from the USSR, which was the Japanese pretext for invasion, the horrors of the war, and the damage it created, nurtured the Chinese Communist Party and helped it to win power in 1949.

    • New interpretation of the history and repercussions of China's world war with an emphasis on social history and the experiences of victims
    • Engaging narrative by a leading historian of early twentieth-century China
    • For classroom use in courses on, for example, modern Chinese history, warfare, the impact of war, war and revolution, and war and memory
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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521195065
    • length: 246 pages
    • dimensions: 233 x 157 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • contains: 19 b/w illus. 7 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: the human cost of a war
    1. The high tide of war, 1937
    2. Defeat and retreat, 1938
    3. Stalemate and transformation, 1939–41
    4. Grim years, 1942–4
    5. Turning points, 1944–5
    6. The immediate aftermath of the war, 1945–6

  • Author

    Diana Lary, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
    Diana Lary is Professor Emerita in the Department of History at the University of British Columbia. She has spent many years working on modern Chinese history, teaching the subject to thousands of students and writing or editing six books and numerous articles.

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