China at War: Triumph and Tragedy in the Emergence of the New China


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Harvard University Press
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6.4 X 9.2 X 1.2 inches | 1.5 pounds

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About the Author

Hans van de Ven is Professor of Modern Chinese History in the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of the British Academy.


China in the twentieth century was as much at war with itself as with Japan and, in Korea, with the United States. In this outstanding account of modern China through the lens of war, van de Ven narrates this history with immense clarity, while also taking care to show how the violence of these decades shaped, and often consumed, the lives of individual Chinese fated to live in difficult times.--Timothy Brook, author of Collaboration: Japanese Agents and Local Elites in Wartime China
China at War is far superior to any comparable treatment I have seen. Sober, comprehensive, and well written, it is a book that will last.--Arthur Waldron, University of Pennsylvania
A masterful narrative of the fifteen long years of war during which China was destroyed and transformed. For readers interested in military history on a global scale who may or may not have much knowledge of modern Chinese history, this book will become a classic of its kind.--Stephen MacKinnon, Arizona State University
Van de Ven's book challenges contemporary memory by not only returning to the 'war within the war, ' but also reclaiming war as a medium of politics. In doing so, his sensitive account recovers the Communist Party's 'People's War' (or 'National Liberation War' in van de Ven's words), rather than Nationalist anti-fascism, as China's most consequential legacy from World War II.-- (06/18/2018)
This is one of the best [books on China] I've seen in recent years...An exceptionally rich work of history, wary of moral posturing, unusually subtle, and beautifully written.--John Wilson"First Things" (12/07/2018)