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The generalissimo : Chiang Kai-shek and the struggle for modern China

Author: Jay Taylor
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
Chiang was a man of war who led the most ancient and populous country in the world through a quarter century of bloody revolutions, civil conflict, and wars of resistance against Japanese aggression. In 1949, when he was defeated by Mao Zedong, he fled to Taiwan, where he ruled for another twenty-five years. Playing a key role in the cold war with China, Chiang suppressed opposition with his "white terror,"  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Kai-shek Chiang
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jay Taylor
ISBN: 9780674033382 0674033388 9780674060494 0674060490
OCLC Number: 1001576436
Notes: 1. Harvard University Press paperback edition, 2011 (736 s., with a new postscript).
Description: xii, 722 s. : illustrations, kart. ; 24 cm
Contents: Revolution. A neo-Confucian youth ; The northern expedition and civil war ; The Nanking decade --
War of resistance. The Long War begins ; Chiang and his American allies ; The China theater ; Yalta, Manchuria, and postwar strategy --
Civil war. Chimera of victory ; The great failure --
The island. Streams in the desert ; Managing the protector ; Shifting dynamics ; Nixon and the last years.
Other Titles: Chiang Kai-shek and the struggle for modern China
Responsibility: Jay Taylor.


One of the most momentous stories of the last century is China's rise from a self-satisfied, anti-modern, decaying society into a global power that promises to one day rival the United States. Chiang  Read more...


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The story of Chiang Kai-shek is so big, so interwoven with the story of modern China, and so complex, that it has defied a good biographical treatment. Now, Jay Taylor has provided us with a strong, Read more...

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