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Mountain fires : the Red Army's three-Year war in south China, 1934-1938 /
Gregor Benton.
Berkeley : University of California Press, c1992.
xlv, 639 p. : maps
0520041585 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Berkeley : University of California Press, c1992.
0520041585 (cloth : alk. paper)
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"A milestone marking a new maturity in studies of Chinese Communist history."--John S. Service, UC, Berkeley
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In October 1934, the badly beaten Red Army set out on the Long March from southern and central China, leaving behind a rearguard to fight the overwhelming Nationalist government forces. Three bloody years followed, in which many guerrillas were killed, some abandoned the Revolution, and others deserted to the enemy. When survivors of the lost legions came down from their mountain hideouts in 1937, they regrouped as the New Fourth Army, whose renowned force helped drive the Nationalists from the mainland. The dramatic story of the Chinese Communists in southern and central China has been hidden in the shadow of the Long March. Now Gregor Benton reconstructs their history, using oral interviews, legends, letters, documents, and local archives to show how they survived terrible isolation and repressive counterrevolution. Shattering myth and propaganda, he exposes both the misery and triumph of the Chinese Communist victory. Benton's definitive work makes an essential contribution to debunking the Mao-centered historiography of the Revolution.
Table of Contents
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The Soviet Falls, the Three-Year War Beginsp. 1
Gannan: Seeds of Firep. 69
Ganyue: Heroes in Defeatp. 83
Minxi'nan: Mountain Marxistsp. 124
Minzhewan'gan (I)p. 197
Zhe'nan: Walking on Two Legsp. 209
Minbei: The Party and the Daop. 233
Mindong: The Wily Harep. 255
Wanzhegan: Gathering the Fragmentsp. 292
Minzhewan'gan (II)p. 301
Eyuwan: The One-Armed Generalp. 304
Xiang'egan: Persevering to the Endp. 351
Xianggan: The Peasant Patriarchp. 377
Xiangnanp. 414
Min'ganp. 420
Annanyongdep. 423
Hailufengp. 426
Wanxibeip. 427
Qiongyap. 428
The Three-Year War Ends, the Guerrillas Unitep. 429
The Three-Year War in Historical Perspectivep. 462
Appendix: Leaders of Rearguards and of the Three-Year Warp. 517
Notesp. 521
Bibliographyp. 577
Indexp. 625
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