Dilemmas of Victory: The Early Years of the People's Republic of China

Author:   Jeremy Brown ,  Paul G. Pickowicz
Publisher:   Harvard University Press
ISBN:  

9780674026162


Pages:   480
Publication Date:   14 December 2007
Format:   Hardback
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Dilemmas of Victory: The Early Years of the People's Republic of China


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This illuminating work examines the social, cultural, political, and economic dimensions of the Communist takeover of China. Instead of dwelling on elite politics and policy-making processes, Dilemmas of Victory seeks to understand how the 1949-1953 period was experienced by various groups, including industrialists, filmmakers, ethnic minorities, educators, rural midwifes, philanthropists, stand-up comics, and scientists.A stellar group of authors that includes Frederic Wakeman, Elizabeth Perry, Sherman Cochran, Perry Link, Joseph Esherick, and Chen Jian shows that the Communists sometimes achieved a remarkably smooth takeover, yet at other times appeared shockingly incompetent. Shanghai and Beijing experienced it in ways that differed dramatically from Xinjiang, Tibet, and Dalian. Out of necessity, the new regime often showed restraint and flexibility, courting the influential and educated. Furthermore, many policies of the old Nationalist regime were quietly embraced by the new Communist rulers.Based on previously unseen archival documents as well as oral histories, these lively, readable essays provide the fullest picture to date of the early years of the People's Republic, which were far more pluralistic, diverse, and hopeful than the Maoist decades that followed.

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Author:   Jeremy Brown ,  Paul G. Pickowicz
Publisher:   Harvard University Press
Imprint:   Harvard University Press
Dimensions:   Width: 15.50cm , Height: 3.60cm , Length: 23.50cm
Weight:   0.802kg
ISBN:  

9780674026162


ISBN 10:   0674026160
Pages:   480
Publication Date:   14 December 2007
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Out of Print
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Taking advantage of access to new sources in Chinese and even U.S. archives, personal papers, and oral interviews with surviving individuals, these essays compel a reconsideration of the early communist period...Indispensible reading for understanding Chinese society and the nascent communist state in 1949-1953. -- L. Teh Choice


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Jeremy Brown is a Ph.D. candidate and Paul G. Pickowicz is Professor of History and Chinese Studies at the University of California, San Diego.

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