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The Storm clouds clear over China : the memoir of Ch�en Li-fu, 1900-1993.
The storm clouds clear over China : the memoir of Chʻen Li-fu, 1900-1993

Author: Lifu Chen; Hsu-hsin Chang; Ramon Hawley Myers
Publisher: [Stanford, Calif.] : Hoover Press, ©1994.
Series: Studies in economic, social, and political change, the Republic of China.; Hoover Institution Press publication, 419.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Chen Li-fu's memoir, The Storm Clouds Clear over China, describes the tragedy and hope of China's twentieth-century revolution as seen through the eyes of a major participant. Chen served as the private secretary and close confidant of Chiang Kai-shek, president of the Republic of China, holding important official posts during the momentous years from 1926 to 1950. His recollection encompasses the titanic struggle
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Genre/Form: Biography
Autobiographie
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Chen, Lifu, 1900-
Storm clouds clear over China.
[Stanford, Calif.] : Hoover Press, ©1994
(OCoLC)624457843
Named Person: Lifu Chen; Lifu Chen; Lifu Chen; Li-fu Ch'en; Lifu Chen
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lifu Chen; Hsu-hsin Chang; Ramon Hawley Myers
ISBN: 0817992715 9780817992712 0817992723 9780817992729
OCLC Number: 28674192
Description: xxvii, 359 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Ch. 1. Early Years: 1900-1925 --
Ch. 2. Before the Northern Expedition: Winter 1925-Summer 1926 --
Ch. 3. The Northern Expedition: Summer 1926-Summer 1927 --
Ch. 4. Working with Chiang: Spring 1928-Winter 1931 --
Ch. 5. Between Two Japanese Attacks: Spring 1932-Summer 1937 --
Ch. 6. The War of Resistance against Japan: Autumn 1937-Summer 1945 --
Ch. 7. Wartime Education Minister: January 1938-December 1944 --
Ch. 8. From Victory to Defeat: Spring 1945-Winter 1949 --
Ch. 9. The Hopeful Years: 1950-1993.
Series Title: Studies in economic, social, and political change, the Republic of China.; Hoover Institution Press publication, 419.
Responsibility: edited and compiled, with an introduction and notes by Sidney H. Chang and Ramon H. Myers.

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Chen Li-fu's memoir, The Storm Clouds Clear over China, describes the tragedy and hope of China's twentieth-century revolution as seen through the eyes of a major participant. Chen served as the private secretary and close confidant of Chiang Kai-shek, president of the Republic of China, holding important official posts during the momentous years from 1926 to 1950. His recollection encompasses the titanic struggle between the Kuomintang (the Chinese National party) and the Chinese Communist party. To this day, no high-ranking member from either party has published memoirs of the period; and Chen thus provides invaluable portrayals of some of the personalities who shaped the destiny of modern China.

Chen's unique account provides details about the April 1927 purge of the Communists from the Kuomintang. He presents new information about Chiang Kai-shek's arrest of Kuomintang veteran Hu Han-min in March 1931, an act which fatally split the Kuomintang and set the stage for a decline in the Kuomintang's prestige and authority and its loss of popular support. Chen also sheds new light on Wang Ching-wei's flight to Hanoi in 1938 and Li Tsung-jen and his Kwangsi clique's opposition to Chiang during the civil war from 1945 to 1949.

Chen, who served Chiang Kai-shek loyally and capably, still believes that Chiang was the most suitable person to lead China in those stormy decades. With candor and clarity he describes the personality clashes, the internal power struggles, economic reforms, and difficulties in handling foreign affairs that ultimately led to the defeat of the Kuomintang and the ignominious retreat of the Nationalist government to Taiwan in 1949.

After twenty years' absence from active political life, Chen returned to Taiwan from the United States in 1970, at Chiang's invitation. In addition to devoting himself to the arts, traditional Chinese medicine and Confucian learning, Chen continued his close relationship with the Kuomintang leadership. He provides additional insights to explain the Taiwan experience of Chinese modernization and democratization. Chen, now ninety-four, resides on Taiwan.

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