Cold War Island Quemoy on the Front Line

ISBN-10: 0521726409

ISBN-13: 9780521726405

Edition: 2008

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Description: During the height of the Cold War in the 1950s the small island of Quemoy in the Taiwan Strait was the front line in the military standoff between Chiang Kai-sheks Republic of China and Mao Zedongs Peoples Republic. Local society and culture were dramatically transformed. Michael Szonyi uses oral history, official documents, and dissident writings to convey the history of the island during this period. In so doing, he sheds light on the social and cultural impact of the Cold War on those who lived through it, as well as on the relationship between China, the United States and the USSR at this critical moment. By analysing the effects of Quemoys distinctive geopolitical situation on the economy, gender and the family, and citizenship and religion, the book provides a new perspective on the social history of Cold War relations, showing how geopolitics can affect individual lives and communities.

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Book details

List price: $35.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/17/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

List of illustrations and tables
Preface
List of abbreviations
Maps
Introduction: ordinary life in an extraordinary place
Geopoliticization ascendant
The Battle of Guningtou
Politics of the war zone, 1949-1960
The 1954-5 Artillery War
Militarization and the Jinmen Civilian Self-Defense Forces, 1949-1960
The 1958 Artillery War
Militarization and geopoliticization change course
The 1960s: creating a Model County of the Three Principles of the People
The 1970s: combat villages and underground Jinmen
Life in Cold War-time
Combat economy
Women's lives: military brothels, parades, and emblems of mobilized modernity
Ghosts and gods of the Cold War
Demilitarization and postmilitarization
Demilitarization and postmilitarization
Memory and politics
Conclusion: redoubled marginality
Appendix
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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