Tragedy of Liberation A History of the Chinese Revolution 1945-1957

ISBN-10: 1620403471
ISBN-13: 9781620403471
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Publication date: 9/24/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 400
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

“The Chinese Communist party refers to its victory in 1949 as a ‘liberation.’ In China the story of liberation and the revolution that followed is not one of peace, liberty, and justice. It is first and foremost a story of calculated terror and systematic violence.” So begins Frank Dikötter’s stunning and revelatory chronicle of Mao Zedong’s ascension and campaign to transform the Chinese into what the party called New People. Following the defeat of Chiang Kai-shek in 1949, after a bloody civil war, Mao hoisted the red flag over Beijing’s Forbidden City, and the world watched as the Communist revolution began to wash away the old order. Due to the secrecy surrounding the country’s records, little has been known before now about the eight years that followed, preceding the massive famine and Great Leap Forward. Drawing on hundreds of previously classified documents, secret police reports, unexpurgated versions of leadership speeches, eyewitness accounts of those who survived, and more, The Tragedy of Liberation bears witness to a shocking, largely untold history. Interweaving stories of ordinary citizens with tales of the brutal politics of Mao’s court, Frank Dikötter illuminates those who shaped the “liberation” and the horrific policies they implemented in the name of progress. People of all walks of life were caught up in the tragedy that unfolded, and whether or not they supported the revolution, all of them were asked to write confessions, denounce their friends, and answer queries about their political reliability. One victim of thought reform called it a “carefully cultivated Auschwitz of the mind.” Told with great narrative sweep, The Tragedy of Liberation is a powerful and important document giving voice at last to the millions who were lost, and casting new light on the foundations of one of the most powerful regimes of the twenty-first century.

Preface
Chronology
Map
Conquest (1945-49)
Siege
War
Takeover (1949-52)
Liberation
The Hurricane
The Great Terror
The Bamboo Curtain
War Again
Regimentation (1952-56)
The Purge
Thought Reform
The Road to Serfdom
High Tide
The Gulag
Backlash (1956-57)
Behind the Scenes
Poisonous Weeds
Notes
Select Bibliography
Acknowledgements
Index

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