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From friend to comrade : the founding of the Chinese Communist Party, 1920-1927 /
Hans J. van de Ven.
imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c1991.
description
xi, 373 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0520072715 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c1991.
isbn
0520072715 (alk. paper)
general note
"Sponsored by the Center for Chinese Studies, University of California, Berkeley."
Originally presented as the author's thesis (Ph.D.--Harvard University).
catalogue key
2681759
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 319-349) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1992-12:
Using new sources on regional party organization available after 1984, this detailed, meticulously researched history (with a 30-page bibliography) of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) fills gaps and corrects misimpressions about the origins of the CCP. Like Arif Dirlik's The Origins of Chinese Communism (CH, Sep'89), Van de Ven's book downplays the influence of the Bolshevik Revolution. Rather than concentrating on the emergence of Marxist-Leninist ideology from contending non-Marxist and especially anarchist variants of socialism, however, Van de Ven emphasizes the organizational development of the CCP. He is novel in arguing that the creation of a Leninist-style party proceeded more slowly than previous scholarship recognized. Rather than a centralized, dedicated, disciplined, and hierarchical organization, the CCP of the 1920-22 founding period remained marked by its origin in the loose study societies of the late Qing era. Not until 1927 was a Bolshevik-style party achieved. Despite the book's narrow historical focus, one broader implication is that the concept of a static Leninist party model is illusory. In its earliest years and continuing today, the ideas and institutions of the CCP evolved in response to intense political conflicts. Advanced undergraduate; graduate; faculty. A. B. Cochran; Agnes Scott College
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Long Description
Scholars have long held that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was a centralized organization from its founding in 1921. In a departure from that view,From Friend to Comradedemonstrates how the CCP began as a group of study societies, only evolving into a mass Marxist-Leninist party by 1927. Hans J. van de Ven's study is based on party documents of the 1920s that have only recently become available, as well as the writings of a wide range of Chinese communists. He analyzes the party's difficulty in building a cohesive organization firmly rooted in Chinese society. While past scholarship has emphasized the influence of Soviet communism on the CCP, van de Ven stresses the thinking and actions of Chinese communists themselves, placing their struggle in the context of China's political history and highly complex society.
Main Description
Scholars have long held that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was a centralized organization from its founding in 1921. In a departure from that view, From Friend to Comrade demonstrates how the CCP began as a group of study societies, only evolving into a mass Marxist-Leninist party by 1927. Hans J. van de Ven's study is based on party documents of the 1920s that have only recently become available, as well as the writings of a wide range of Chinese communists. He analyzes the party's difficulty in building a cohesive organization firmly rooted in Chinese society. While past scholarship has emphasized the influence of Soviet communism on the CCP, van de Ven stresses the thinking and actions of Chinese communists themselves, placing their struggle in the context of China's political history and highly complex society.
Unpaid Annotation
Scholars have long held that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was a centralized organization from its founding in 1921. In a departure from that view, "From Friend to Comrade demonstrates how the CCP began as a group of study societies, only evolving into a mass Marxist-Leninist party by 1927.Hans J. van de Ven's study is based on party documents of the 1920s that have only recently become available, as well as the writings of a wide range of Chinese communists. He analyzes the party's difficulty in building a cohesive organization firmly rooted in Chinese society. While past scholarship has emphasized the influence of Soviet communism on the CCP, van de Ven stresses the thinking and actions of Chinese communists themselves, placing their struggle in the context of China's political history and highly complex society.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Romanization
Introductionp. 1
Chinese Communists and China's Political Crisisp. 9
The Founding of Communist Cells and the First Congressp. 55
Hesitant Beginnings, 1921-1925p. 99
The CCP as Mass Party: Tapping the Power of the Massesp. 147
The Party Arisesp. 199
Conclusionp. 240
Abbreviationsp. 247
Notesp. 251
Selected Bibliographyp. 319
Indexp. 351
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